Cottage Hill ends 2-game losing skid by beating LeFlore

Cottage Hill Christian used a ball control attack to consume almost 75% of the playing time and fought off opportunist LeFlore for a 28-21 victory at Charles V. Lang Stadium on Friday night.

“I think the bottom line is that we’ve established the running game,” Cottage Hill coach Bobby Parrish said. “We went out and said we have to manage the football in order to keep the defense off the pitch and we did that, as well as create early turnovers with some of the interceptions. Not only did we create them, but we hit the ball in the end zone.

In the opening game of the game, Jamar Kirksey released the ball on the return kick and brought it back 25 yards for a score. Smith added the first of 3 PATs for a 7-0 lead over LeFlore.

Cottage Hill responded with a 12-play, 64-yard run, Nelson scoring on a 15-yard run. Myles Hyke added the first of 4 PATs to tie the score to 7 for all.

The Warriors added scoring 39, 65 and 56 yards in the second quarter to create a 28-14 advantage. Kyle Hipp threw a 25-yard pass to LaMarr Nelson, Kelvon McBride scored on a 2-yard run and Hipp added a 5-yard run with 52 seconds left in the first half.

The Rattlers had 66 yards in eight games with De’Anthony LeSueur connecting with Demir Smith for a 48-yard pass to close the lead to 21-14 with 2:05 left in the second quarter.

A high punt midway through the fourth quarter gave the Rattlers the ball at the 22-yard line and five plays later, LeSueur threw a 9-yard strike at a leaping Fleming, reducing the lead to 28-21.

Cottage Hill missed the final 5:23 am and knelt in his last three snaps after leading to 2 in the dying seconds.

Did you know? Cottage Hill hadn’t won since defeating Fruitdale 24-0 on August 20. Since then, the Warriors have had two open dates and two losses.

Statistics sheet: Cottage HIll gained 284 total yards, ran 50 times for 136 yards, had 23 first downs and chewed up 33:14 of playing time on offense. Nelson ran six times for 60 yards, McBride added seven carries for 51 yards, and Dallis Spencer carried eight times for 36 yards. In the air, Hipp made 10 of 15 passes for 148 yards, while McBride – who had 130 all-purpose yards – had five receptions for 71 yards. Spencer added 101 all-purpose yards, including two catches for 36.

In numbers : LeFlore was limited to four first downs and 124 yards of attack. Lesueur finished 9 of 20 in the air for 118 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Smith had two catches for 53 yards.

He said it… : “There is no abandonment in this team. We are trying to learn to win. They are getting closer and closer. Right now we’re so young and making mistakes. Once we clean that up, you’ll be fine. It’s all about trust. – LeFlore coach Shon Burney said.

Getting on the defensive: Joshua Gifford had two sacks and two steals. … McBride had an interception and a broken pass and Jack Johnson had a pair of tackles for the home side loss. Smith finished with four sacks and Thamatra Wright an assist for the visitors.

And after? The Warriors (2-2) will travel to Chickasaw for a 3A Region 1 contest next week, while the Rattlers (0-5) will host BC Rain at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in a 5A, Region 1 game on Thursday.

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