Saturday, March 8, 2014
FAIRFIELD — The Lawrence football team is back in the Class A state title game for the second consecutive season and third time in seven years after it came from behind to edge Cony 20-10 on Saturday.
A few thoughts and observations from the game ...
• It’s rare a team wins a game at any level despite having five turnovers, but Lawrence did just that Saturday.
The Bulldogs lost four fumbles and had an interception.
“We had to fight through some adversity,” Lawrence running back Josh Doolan said.
Top-seeded Lawrence did, thanks to its tough defense.
Cony scored just seven points off the five turnovers.
The Rams had just two turnovers but the Bulldogs capitalized with touchdowns off both.
That was a big difference in the game.
“We didn’t want all those turnovers,” said Lawrence quarterback/safety Spencer Carey. “But we knew they weren’t stopping us, we were only stopping ourselves.”
• The teams combined for three field goals — two from Lawrence kicker Chad Martin (31 and 37 yards) and one from Cony’s Zach Lachance (22). All three kicks would’ve been good from at least 40 yards out.
I don’t think I saw three field goals all season.
• The game certainly had its share of interesting plays.
None compared to a botched Cony punt attempt early in the second quarter.
With Cony punting from its own 29-yard line, a bad snap left Chandler Shostak chasing the football into the end zone.
Shostak picked it up and just barely punted it away.
Lawrence, which trailed 3-0 at the time, appeared poised to be set up nicely in the Cony red zone.
However, officials flagged the Bulldogs for roughing the kicker, which gave Cony a first down.
Five plays later, Cony quarterback Ben Lucas threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Shostak.
• Kudos to the Cony fans, who sent a strong contingent to Keyes Field. If they were out-numbered by the Lawrence faithful it wasn’t by much. The game drew about 5,000 fans, and they saw a terrific (but sloppy at times) game.
• Lawrence senior offensive linemen Caleb Champagne and Eriq Stewart had games on the left side. Lawrence struggled to run the ball for much of the game, but they found some holes on the left side in the second half.
• Lawrence had 251 yards of total offense, including 208 on the ground. Cony finished with 205 yards of offense, including 177 in the air.
• Lucas threw two interceptions and was sacked twice. He threw five interceptions and was sacked three times in the regular season meeting, which Lawrence won 27-6.
• Cony freshman linebacker Reid Shostak had himself a game. He was in on most running plays and also recorded a sack of Carey.
He led a defense that played well Saturday and gave Lawrence a few fits.
“I don’t think our defense gets enough credit,” Cony coach Robby Vachon said. “They came to play.”Tweet