The teams combined for 10 turnovers on the Wildcats’ homecoming night at Corky Kell Stadium. The Trojans were responsible for six of the giveaways.
“We really were our own worst enemy offensively,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “I’m proud we got a win, but certainly we can’t turn the ball over six times.”
Quarterback Will Anderson accounted for half of Lassiter’s turnovers, tossing three interceptions, to go along with his 214 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-28 passing.
The Trojans (6-3, 4-1) extended their lead to 19 on their first possession of the second half, after a 44-yard run by Mason Waters, who led the team with his 10 rushes for 111 yards.
Wheeler tailback Devontae Jackson scored from 10 yards out on the very next possession, though, notching the first offensive score of the night for the home team on a 12-play, 80-yard drive that cut the deficit to 12.
But neither team could find consistency as three turnovers and a blocked punt ended the next four drives.
Wheeler (2-6, 0-5) eventually broke the scoring drought, capitalizing on its good field position after the blocked punt, once Jacobi Green powered his way into the end zone from 1 yard out.
The game was delayed for almost 20 minutes midway through the fourth quarter, when Wheeler linebacker Quincye Price broke his right arm, according to Wheeler coach Mike Collins. On third down from the Lassiter 47-yard line, the Trojans’ Oris Lawhorn marched 6 yards before fumbling the ball and recovering it underneath a pileup, where Price suffered the injury.
After Price was taken from the field in an ambulance, Wheeler forced a punt, but quarterback Ryles Kirkland was sacked in his own end zone, all but ending the Wildcats’ chance at a comeback.
“It’s just been a really crazy, crazy season, and (Friday) was the epitome of it,” Mike Collins said. “I felt like a couple balls go our way, the game goes differently. … Our kids fought extremely, extremely hard on both sides. They grinded for four quarters. We just ran out of time.”