Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Sandie Free | CASCoreboard Photographer
CRAMTON BOWL – The Warriors of Lee-Scott came into Thursday’s Tripleheader finale firing on all cylinders and didn’t let up on the way to winning the school’s first Alabama Independent School Association State Championship since the early 1990s. The Warriors rebuffed the offensive efforts of a hungry group of Glenwood School Gators, winning 35-21.
The Warriors had seemingly been unstoppable all season with Glenwood being the only team on the Lee-Scott schedule to score a season-high 16 points in a losing effort. When the two squads met Thursday Lee Scott scored on their first four possessions and seemingly put the game away before intermission. But as the quarters played out, the game proved to be much more competitive and a feast for the fans. The Warriors ran for 225 and finished with 314 yards of total offense. The Gators threw for 141 and ran for 162 (303 total) on 65 snaps and were 50 percent on third down; a stark comparison to the Warriors finishing the night 2-of-7 on third downs.
Andrew Hahn broke free on a first-quarter 37-yard scoring run to put the Warriors up 7-0, with the point after. Jake White followed suit, taking the direct snap and racing 35-yards into the end zone for the touchdown. The score moved to 14-0. George Meyers led the next charge through the Gators’ defense, breaking a run down to the Glenwood 9. After a penalty moved the Lee-Scott offense back to the 6-yard line, Meyers had his number called again and was able to push through the scrum of bodies for the touchdown. Over the course of 8:00, the Warriors had hung 21-0 on the Gators.
But Glenwood didn’t stop fighting. Gators Quarterback Dallas Crowe led his squad’s 16-play, 75-yard scoring march. Crowe – who finished the night with 218 yards of total offense – put the first Gators points on the board, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run and cutting the margin to 14 at 21-7 heading into the second period.
Pelzer Reaves broke loose on a 39-yard run, capping a 72-yard drive, for the touchdown. The points, with the kick, put the Warriors up 28-7.
Crow – to start the third period – capped a short drive with a scoring run cutting the Warriors lead in half, 28-14, going into the fourth period. Crow scored his final touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter, again capping a Gator drive with a 2-yard run. The 21 points scored by the Gators and the 7-point margin is the closest a team has come to defeating the Warriors all season.
Meyers, though, iced the game for the Warriors scoring on a short run to put Lee-Scott up 35-21 and that’s where the scoring stopped, and the celebrating began. Lee-Scott was able to run out the clock and secure the victory.
The Warriors’ win – claiming their first state championship since 1994 – capped an afternoon of football action where multiple state champions were crowned. Evangel Christian (Montgomery) won the morning’s 8-Man game. Lowndes defeated Jackson Academy to win back-to-back Class A championships. Patrician ran for more than 500 yards in a shutout win over Clarke Prep, claiming the Class AA Championship. Up next is the AISA All-Star Football Game which will be played on December 2 at Cramton Bowl (Montgomery) beginning at 6 p.m.
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