Lawson shuts down East Buchanan
By Bryce Mereness The St. Joseph News-Press
GOWER, Mo. — Three first-half interceptions and three highly pressured short punts put East Buchanan’s defense in a hole of which it couldn’t climb out.
The Cardinals took full advantage of the Bulldogs miscues to the tune of 22 points in the Cardinals’ 42-14 victory Friday night.
Lawson (4-2, 1-1 KCI) piled up 162 yards on the ground in the physical victory.
“We just kind of run what we run and our backs ran real hard,” Lawson coach Todd Dunn said. “They are a physical football team — they were probably more physical than we anticipated. They got after us up front. We had to work for everything we got. Fortunately, we got a couple of big plays in there and got a little bit of a lead.
“We were still scared to death when we went in at half. We knew they came back from 17 (down) last year in the fourth quarter.”
East Buchanan (5-1, 3-1 KCI) racked up 150 yards of first-quarter offense but only mustered six points.
Sophomore Adam Turpin was responsible for two of Cory Bower’s three interceptions. The second pick, with 22 seconds left in the half set up Lawson’s final first-half scoring play.
On third-and-10 from Lawson territory, Blake Edward hit Ty Cox on a route down the sideline. The junior ducked out of bounds with 1 second left on the clock and set up Garrison Green’s 29-yard field goal as time expired.
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