Warriors whip Vikes’
Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 23, 2004
HALIFAX – Dusty Todd connected with Jay Spencer for a Lawrence Academy touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in the game, but it was icing on the cake as the Warriors handed Halifax Academy a 54-6 loss.
Lawrence jumped to an early 6-0 lead on their first possession of the game.
Chad Simmons returned the Halifax kickoff 32 yards to put the Warriors on their own 47-yard line.
After moving the ball 48 yards on 10 plays, Jobie Thomas scampered five yards for the Lawrence touchdown.
The two-point conversion was stopped just short of the goal line.
Halifax was only able to muster a two-yard return on the ensuing kickoff, but gained good field position due to two Lawrence penalties.
Viking quarterback Carter Long connected with Brent Caudle for 15 yards, followed by a 13-yard pass to Travis Hux to put Halifax on the Lawrence five-yard line.
On third and goal, Shase Hawkins ran in the touchdown.
The extra point was no good, evening the score at six all.
After that it was all Lawrence. The Warriors took their next possession from their own 39 to the Halifax 23.
On third and four, Todd, under pressure from the Halifax defense, connected with Thomas, who danced along the sideline 16 yards to the Halifax seven-yard line.
On the next play, Simmons took Todd’s handoff to the endzone for the score. Again, the two-point conversion failed, leaving Lawrence with a 12-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Halifax tried to put together a scoring drive in the second, but it was ended when Zack White intercepted Long’s pass, returning it to the Halifax 42 yard line.
Joe Griesedieck carried the ball 23 yards for the first down.
Three plays later, Simmons took the ball 13 yards for the score.
After a failed two-point conversion attempt, Lawrence held an 18-6 lead at the half.
The Warriors dominated the second half.
After holding Halifax to three-and-out, Simmons eluded two Halifax defenders and ran 35 yards to paydirt.
Daniel Waters carried the two-point conversion into the endzone, putting the Warriors up, 26-6.
On their next possession, the Vikings put together a strong drive, moving from their own 31 to the Warrior four-yard line.
Just when it seemed Halifax would score, Griesedieck intercepted Long’s pass at the one-yard line to rob the Vikings of a touchdown.
The Warriors took advantage, with Griesedieck running 48 yards for the score with two seconds left in the third quarter.
Thomas carried for the two-point conversion, which was good, giving Lawrence a 34-6 lead at the end of three quarters.
The Warriors started the fourth where they left off, with Todd connecting with Simmons for a 24
The two-point conversion failed, but Lawrence held a 40-6 advantage.
Halifax tried to get their offense going, but Long, under pressure by the Warrior’s Thomas, threw his third interception of the night, which was picked off by White.
Two plays later, Waters beat the Halifax defenders to take the ball 34 yards for the score.
Thomas carried the two-point conversion, extending the Warrior lead, 48-6.
Lawrence wasn’t done, as Waters blocked Halifax’s punt to give the Warriors possession on the Halifax 30 yard line.
Todd connected with Spencer for a 24-yard reception, followed by a four-yard gain by Jordan Rose.
Todd hit Spencer again for the 11-yard touchdown, capping off the 54-6 victory.
Lawrence had 579 yards total offense in the conference win.
Simmons had 105 yards on 15 carries and Waters added 97 yards on 13 carries.
Todd was 9 of ten passing, for 153 yards.
The Warriors defense, led by Andrew Krawczyk, held Halifax to 202 total yards offense.
The Warriors will host Southampton Academy Friday night, while the Vikings will travel to Northeast Academy.