ROGERSVILLE — With homecoming week comes a lot of distractions, but coach Bob Grisham didn’t have to worry about his team being ready to play against West Morgan.
It was all Lauderdale County, from the opening kickoff as the Tigers overpowered West Morgan 42-0.
LCHS, (6-1, 4-1) held the Rebels to only four first downs, all in the second half. In fact, it was so lopsided that West Morgan, (1-6, 1-4) managed only three yards of offense in the first half and ended with only 45 for the game.
The defense led by Hunter Haney and Wyatt Earp, had 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Haney and Earp combined for a total of 13 tackles.
“Our defense has been playing together for three years now,” Grisham said following the win. “We’ve got all seniors except one.”
Meanwhile, the Tigers’ offense was just as productive rolling up 385 yards in total offense. LCHS had 287 yards rushing and 98 yards passing.
LCHS scored twice in the first quarter and that coupled with the aggressive play of the defense was all the Tigers needed.
Quarterback Samuel Grisham passed to Noah Bishop for 21 yards and the touchdown. Stephen Mair kicked his first of four extra points.
C.J. Jackson, who finished with 110 yards rushing on six carries, got the Tigers next score on a 30-yard run. A 2-point conversion made it 15-0.
DJ Simmons pushed the score to 22-0 on an 11-yard run.
The defense came up with the Tigers’ next score.
Josh White broke through to block a West Morgan punt and then scooped it up and ran 30 yards for a touchdown. The kick made it 29-0 at the half.
Grisham said he was proud of the way his team played.
“We had a lot of distractions this week with homecoming. We stayed focused, came out and played well,” Grisham said.
“I tell them we have to get a little better every day in practice if you want to get to another level and further then we went last year.”
The Tigers completed their scoring in the third quarter with two more touchdowns.
Jackson got his second of the game with a 31-yard run and then Zack Simbeck finished the scoring with a 15-yard run.
Lauderdale County goes to Huntsville next week to play Westminister Christian, another Class 3A, Region 8 game.
The win keeps Lauderdale County in second place in the region.
HAMILTON — Quarterback Mitch Stults was almost perfect in leading unbeaten Hamilton to a win over Winfield on Friday night.
Stults completed 13 of 14 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 45 yards and two touchdowns and had a 2-point conversion pass. On defense, he intercepted two passes, returning one for a 53-yard touchdown and setting up another score.
Justin Scott was his top target as he grabbed five passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. He also caught the conversion pass.
Hamilton (7-0, 5-0) sprinted to a 27-0 lead after one quarter, with Jessie Box catching a 19-yard TD pass and Stults scoring on runs of 3 and 5 yards and on the interception return.
Winfield recovered a fumble in the end zone and quarterback Edward McCollum scored twice in the second quarter. But the Aggies countered in the quarter with Colton Brown’s 25-yard touchdown catch and Quinton May’s 10-yard run for a 42-21 halftime lead.
Hamilton’s second-half scores came on Scott’s 25-yard catch and Jon Robelro’s 30-yard field goal.