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LMA goes to 6-0 with OT win over First Baptist

An overtime touchdown run by Wyatt Rowland lifted Laurence Manning to a 39-31 win over First Baptist in a battle of two ranked SCISA AAA teams on Friday.

Laurence Manning improved to 6-0 while the Hurricanes dropped to 5-2.

“We just kept playing, kept playing hard all night long,” Laurence Manning’s first-year head coach Austin Floyd said. “Both teams got after it hard. We trailed early then we led late. Both teams kept fighting and I am so proud of my guys. We beat a good football team tonight.”

Rowland topped 100 yards rushing in the win, as did fellow back Nolan Osteen. The Swampcats tallied nearly 300 yards rushing. Quarterback Burgess Jordan had a touchdown throw and touchdown run while passing for 100 yards on just three completions.

First Baptist quarterback Will Daniel threw for 275 yards. McKay Wilson, Sincere Brown and Lucas Snow all had big games as receivers and eighth-grader Davian Brown added more than 120 yards rushing.

“It was a really hard fought football game and both teams had chances to win it,” First Baptist coach Johnny Waters said. “We’re a banged up football team right now. But we really fought hard tonight. I was proud of our effort but that football team we just played is a really good. Hats off the those guys.”

Each team scored via kickoff return in the first quarter. Wilson took the game’s opening kick 75 yards for a touchdown. Brown gave the Hurricanes a 14-3 lead with a 27-yard run with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

Rowland responded with a 95-yard return of the ensuing kickoff, cutting the lead to 14-10. With 4:23 remaining in the second quarter, Rowland raced 74 yards with a touchdown burst, pushing the Swampcats to a 17-14 lead.

Laurence Manning completed one pass in the first half, a 48-yarder from Jordan to Gabe Harris, to give the Swampcats a 24-14 halftime lead.

Devin Ray pounced on a fumble to end Laurence Manning’s first possession of the third quarter and the Hurricanes went 45 yards in five plays with Daniel hitting Snow on a 19-yard touchdown pass cutting the Swampcats’ lead to 24-21.

Early in the fourth, Trey Sharpe’s second interception and return gave Laurence Manning a first-and-goal at the seven. Jordan scampered seven yards for the score and a 31-21 lead with 11:14 left in the game.

With 6:04 left in the game and Laurence Manning punting from inside their 10-yard line, a high punt snap resulted in a safety, cutting the margin to 31-23. First Baptist took the free kick and drove 44 yards for a touchdown, a four-yard run by Daniel. A two-point conversion pass to Snow tied the game at 31.

In the overtime, Rowland scampered in from eight yards and LMA added a two-point conversion for a 39-31 lead.

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