Dierks Homecoming heartbreaker

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    Jaron Tipton
    Sports Reporter
    DIERKS – Friday night the
    Outlaws hosted the Lafayette
    County Cougars for the
    Homecoming game. With
    festivities filling the atmosphere
    of the whole town,
    the Outlaws looked focused
    for the task at hand.
    With 10:14 left in the first
    quarter, Jake Green and
    the Outlaws struck the first
    blow with a 1 yard Green
    touchdown run. The extra
    point was no good and the
    Outlaws quickly led 6-0.
    However, just as quickly,
    running back Trey Burks and
    the Cougars answered. With
    9:42 remaining in the first
    quarter, Burks busted a 79
    yard touchdown run. With a
    2 point conversion run good,
    the Cougars snatched the
    lead 8-6.Cale Adams with the ball gaining yardageused
    The Outlaws took the
    whole remainder of the first
    quarter up with a 75 yard,
    13 play drive, capped off
    by a Brayden Kirby 5 yard
    touchdown run, and with
    48 seconds left in the first
    quarter the Outlaws led
    again 12-8.
    But Burks would strike
    again, the first play of the
    second quarter was a Burks
    63 yard touchdown run. With
    the 2 point conversion good
    the Cougars led again 16-12.
    lead 24-20. After the Outlaws
    drove down the field,
    the Cougars recovered a
    fumble and setup shop in
    Outlaw territory. 4:08 remaining
    in the half, Burks got his
    3rd touchdown of the night,
    running it in from 5 yards
    out. The 2 point conversion
    good, the Cougars built their
    lead to 32-20. But the Outlaws
    weren’t down yet, with
    a strong ground game from
    McKinney, and Green leading
    the team down the field, the
    Outlaws would get one back,
    38 seconds left in the half,
    Green found receiver Tyler
    Kesterson for another 13
    yard touchdown pass. Cale
    Adams would punch in the 2
    point conversion, and at the
    half the Cougars led 32-28.
    Neither team would score
    any points at all in the 3rd
    quarter, but the Outlaws
    drew first blood in the 4th
    quarter as running back
    Trendin McKinney would
    take in a one yard touchdown,
    and once again the
    Outlaws led 34-32 with 9
    minutes left in the contest.
    The Cougars answered
    quickly when quarterback,
    Lamay, found Williams for
    a 73 yard touchdown pass.
    Lamay would also convert
    the 2 point conversion making
    the score 40-34 in favor of
    the Cougars. As the Outlaws
    were driving on their next
    possession, an untimely
    fumble recovered by the
    Cougars would all but seal
    the Outlaws’ fate.
    Running back, Trey Burks
    then popped his 4th touchdown
    of the night, with a 48
    yard run, also running in the
    2 point conversion, adding
    to the Cougar lead 48-34 with
    just under three minutes left
    to play.
    But, Coach Bennett’s
    Outlaws wouldn’t go down
    without a fight. 2:23 left in
    the game Jake Green found
    Tyler Kesterson behind the
    defense for the duo’s 3rd
    touchdown connection of
    the night and the Outlaws
    still had a pulse with the
    score 48-40.
    Unfortunately, a failed
    onside kick and two Cougar
    kneels ended the game with
    a final score of 48-40.
    Jake Green finished the
    night 11-27 passing, 210
    yards and 3 TD’s. He also
    rushed 7 times for 36 yards
    and a touchdown. Tyler
    Kesterson finished his night
    with 5 catches for 95 yards
    and 3 TD’s.
    Running back Trendin
    McKinney had an outstanding
    32 carries for 196 yards
    and a touchdown.
    Also carrying the ball was
    sophomore Brayden Kirby
    who finished with 6 carries,
    54 yards and a touchdown
    of his own. The defense was
    led by Junior Peyton Frachiseur
    who racked up 8 tackles.
    Corner back Lane Woodruff,
    and Brayden Kirby also
    had an interception a piece.
    Coach David Bennett said
    of his team after the game,
    “a lot of offense, a lot of big
    plays. I thought our team
    played very hard. They’re
    a very good football team.
    The difference of tonight
    was not taking advantage of
    opportunities. Jake Green
    stood in there and delivered
    some good passes, Trendin
    ran the ball hard, our offensive
    line blocked well,
    the defense came up with
    some big plays, a couple of
    drives inside the 20 yard line
    with no points and a kickoff
    return was the difference
    tonight.”
    The Outlaws look to get
    things back on track next
    Friday night in “The Holler”
    against the undefeated Mt.
    Ida Lions for senior night.