East Buchanan outlasts Lawson to stay perfect
By Chris Schoonover The St. Joseph News-Press
Knotted up at halftime, undefeated East Buchanan had to make some adjustments if they wanted to stay perfect.
The Bulldogs, led by quarterback Colby Rapp, defeated Lawson 56-42, featuring a 28-0 third quarter.
Despite the big offensive numbers put up, the key play of the quarter came from the defense, stopping Lawson (3-3, 3-1 KCI) on a fourth-and-four in the red zone to seize momentum.
“It was huge,” East Buchanan coach Kevin Bryan said of the stop. “That whole third quarter was huge. The defense kind of stepped up and played.
“We didn’t really holler and scream (at halftime). We just had to make some adjustments and changes. You learn with kids that you can scream all you want but a lot of time, it’s just better to be calm because they think that coach is worried and we’re in trouble.”
After the stop, Rapp found receiver Nate Griffin wide open for a 48-yard touchdown.
The match up with Lawson was Griffin and Rapp’s first game together, after both sat out different times for disciplinary issues.
After Zac Johnson picked off Lawson’s Cody Glenn, Rapp found Griffin again, this time for a 14-yard score to make it 42-28.
Rapp threw for 452 yards and five touchdowns, along with two picks, and Griffin tallied eight catches for 137 yards and three touchdowns.
“We saw some things we liked, and receivers made the plays they needed to,” Rapp said. “Sometimes the quarterback gets a little credit too.
“It was good to have (Griffin) back. It brings the dynamic duo back of Nate and Zac. It’s nice to have him back out there.”
Rapp hit Jason Daugherity in the back of the end zone on the first play of the next drive after a botched punt snap by the Cardinals.
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