Despite giving up a 73-yard touchdown run early, the Dierks Outlaws had little trouble getting by the Lafayette County Cougars, 41-12, to move into a tie for third place in Class 2A-7.
The win improved the Outlaws to 3-1 in conference play and 4-3 overall, the exact same record as the Murfreesboro Rattlers. The two teams are sitting under the Foreman Gators (3-1, 5-2) and the Mount Ida Lions (4-0, 7-0), who the Outlaws will travel to face this Friday night. Kick-off is at 7:00.
The Outlaws picked up 310 yards of offense against LC, with 213 coming on the ground. Quarterback Caleb Adams hits seven of 15 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. Lane Woodruff led the Dierks receivers with two catches for 53 yards followed by Brayden Kirby with two catches for 12 yards and one TD. Others pulling in passes included Jacob Sharp, Jarret Fox and Cale Adams.
Woodruff also led an army of Outlaw rushers with eight carries for 79 yards. Cale Adams also had two carries for 33 yards and one TD while brother Caleb carried six times for 17 yards and one TD. Kirby had three carries for 33 yards and Peyton Frachiseur had five carries for 19 yards and one TD. Colton Strode carried five times for 14 yards and one TD.
The Cougars scored the first and last points of Friday night’s contest. The first points came early in the first quarter when LaPatrick Miller broke a 73-yard run to put LC in the lead, 6-0, for the only time in the game. The Cougars lit up the scoreboard again as the game drew to a close when Miller went in from 29 yards out.
The Outlaws managed only six points in the first quarter, which came when Caleb Adams hit Kirby for a three-yard TD reception. Dierks’ offense warmed up in the second quarter and posted 29 points while the defense threw a shutout for the remainder of the half.
QB Adams rushed in from five yards out and Guillermo Sanz added the extra point with 9:48 on the clock. At the 9:05 mark, Frachiseur scored from seven yards out and Caleb Adams tacked on the two-point run. Soon after, Strode picked up a Cougar fumble and rambled 33 yards for the TD and Sanz added the boot.
The Outlaws’ final points of the first half came at the 3:13 mark when Cale Adams scored from 29 yards out and Sanz kicked Dierks up 35-6 at the half.
The Outlaws wrapped up their scoring in the third quarter at the 5:46 mark when Strode darted in from two yards out.