11/9/2013 5:45:00 PM Lions air it out against Demons for 56-26 win
Senior Clark Crotty runs in for a second quarter touchdown during last Friday’s game with Chandler. Crotty’s score was part of a 19-point period. Chandler used a third quarter surge enroute to a 56-26 win.
Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick
By Rick Lomenick Journal Sports Editor
The Chandler Lions used an effective aerial assault to coast past the Perkins- Tryon Demons 56-26 here last Friday night. However, it didn't squash P-T's playoff hopes.
P-T will end the regular season this Friday hosting the Okmulgee Bulldogs in a non-district encounter. The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at McIlvain Field. It will also be Senior Night with those festivities starting at 7 p.m.
A win by the Demons would have sewn up the fourth place spot in the District 3A-2 standings and a spot in the Class 3A playoffs. Now, P-T will need help to get into the postseason and for that to happen Chandler must lose to Seminole by at least 15 points and Bristow defeats Prague. The Demons will get into the playoffs on points after a three-way tie is created with 2-4 district records.
"We knew they could throw it but we didn't expect that many big plays," said head coach Lloyd Wertman. "But we're still not out of the playoffs yet but I don't like to have to depend on someone else."
Chandler quarterbacks Hunter Hudson and Mason Myers combined to throw six touchdown passes in the game with three of them going for move that 60 yards each. Three were also scored as a result of a P-T turnover.
The Lions took a 14-0 first quarter lead with TD pass scores of 63 and 20 yards. The lead increased to 21-0 early in the second quarter on a four-yard toss. The longest pass completion of the game at 93 yards also took place with just under five minutes left until halftime.
P-T responded with 19 points in the quarter with the first score capping a 12-play 65-yard drive on a 16-yard run by Clark Crotty with 6:08 left in the frame. Matt Waitt's extra point kick created a 21-7 score.
After the long distance CHS score, P-T took advantage of a muffed kickoff that resulted in the ball placed at the Chandler 42-yard line. Four plays later Tyler Taff dashed his way into the endzone for the score with 3:05 left. The extra point kick failed.
Later, the Demons took advantage of three major penalties against the undisciplined Lions with two of them being unsportsmanlike conduct and the third a pass interference. That eventually moved the ball inside the 10-yard line in the closing seconds. Waitt was able to follow the surge of his offensive line with 13 seconds remaining for the score. The two-point conversion pass from Waitt to John Sasser fell short but the Demons cut into the deficit for a 28-19 halftime score.
Chandler put the game away in the third quarter with three straight touchdowns. The first came on the first possession of the second half on a 10-yard pass. The next two came on runs of 55 and 56 yards that ballooned the lead to 49-19.
Each team added a touchdown in the fourth quarter. For Chandler, its drive started after a P-T pass interception and went 99 yards on nine plays with 65 of that via a pass on the final play. For the Demons, Shawn Crosby dashed 42 yards with just over three minutes left to score. Waitt's kick created the 56-26 final score.
Crosby was P-T's leading rusher with 42 yards on one carry for a score. Taff notched 40 yards on three carries and a TD. In passing, Waitt and Dillon Longbrake combined to hit 9-of-17 passes for 67 yards with one interception. Sasser was the leading receiver with four catches for 21 yards.
Defensively Jacob Gould was the leading tackler with 11 stops followed by Clark Crotty with 10.