Longhorns shock Trojans with last-second TD
by Carlton D. White
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Kell quarterback Cameron Rosendahl takes a hit after scrambling with the ball Friday night at Lassiter. Rosendahl got stopped there, but he and the Longhorns got the last laugh at Frank Fillmann Stadium, rallying for a win in the game’s final second. 
<BR>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Kell quarterback Cameron Rosendahl takes a hit after scrambling with the ball Friday night at Lassiter. Rosendahl got stopped there, but he and the Longhorns got the last laugh at Frank Fillmann Stadium, rallying for a win in the game’s final second.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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MARIETTA — Kell practices its 2-minute drill at the end of every Thursday practice.

That knowledge paid off for the Longhorns, who came from behind with less than a minute remaining to stun Lassiter 42-35 on Friday at Frank Fillmann Stadium.

Trailing 35-34 after Lassiter’s go-ahead score with 58 seconds left on the clock, Kell quarterback Cameron Rosendahl connected with Bryson Armstrong for a 17-yard game-winning touchdown with 1 second remaining. Armstrong then intercepted Trojans quarterback Russell Aarons on a last-ditch effort, sealing the win for the Longhorns.

Kell improved to 2-0 on the season for the third straight year, while Lassiter fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2007.

Trailing 34-28 with 3:43 left in the game, Aarons directed a 10-play, 90-yard scoring drive to put the Trojans in front 35-34. He converted on two third-down plays to Micah Grigsby, and found Pearson Vanhorn on a 60-yard completion to set Lassiter up inside the red zone. Four plays later, Aarons and Vanhorn connected again on a 17-yard scoring strike for the one-point advantage.

Kell took control of its next possession on its own 36. A 2-yard pass to Ivan Walls, followed by two straight incompletions, left the Longhorns looking for a miracle on fourth-and-8 at the 38.

Rosendahl took the shotgun snap and immediately faced pressure from Lassiter’s defensive line. He evaded multiple defenders, scrambling to his right, then forward and finally to his right before finding Walls open in the middle of the field for a 32-yard completion to keep the drive alive.

“I rolled right and the play broke down,” said Rosendahl, who completed 22 of 29 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing eight times for 78 yards and a 1-yard score. “I tried cutting different ways and finally got my eyes downfield, and I saw Ivan wide-open and got the ball to him.

“I was just running around back there. I was running for my life, but Ivan got open. Our offense is confident, so we knew we could get downfield for a score. We did what we do in practice.”

Now at the Lassiter 30, Rosendahl immediately spiked the ball after the down markers were set to stop the clock. A 13-yard completion to Armstrong gave the Longhorns another first down at the 17, and within kicker Julien Chang’s field-goal range.

“We tried to get downfield to give our kicker a chance,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “Bryson just made a great play with the ball.”

Rosendahl found Armstrong for a short pass, but he got away from his defender, found a crease down the left sideline and dove for the pylon with 1 second left to put the Longhorns in front 40-35. Itabari Mason rushed in for the 2-point conversion, and Kell held on for the victory.

“I threw a hitch pass to Bryson to get out of the bounds and stop the clock, but he made a play,” Rosendahl said.

Armstrong, who had six catches for 132 yards and a touchdown, wanted to score instead of going out of bounds.

“I don’t like Lassiter,” he said. “I thought I could get in. I saw that we had only a few seconds, and we didn’t have enough time for more than one play. I was just determined to get in.”

Kell took a 14-point lead in the second quarter and held a 13-point advantage entering the fourth quarter, only to see Lassiter come back both times.

Mason rushed 19 times for 114 yards and two first half touchdowns. His second score, set up by Josiah Futral’s fumble recovery, put Kell in front 21-7 with 5:15 left in the second quarter.

Aarons was 23-of-30 for 340 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He tossed two touchdowns in the final 3:10 of the second quarter, including a 29-yard strike to Vanhorn with 13 seconds remaining, to make the score 21-all at halftime.

Kell outscored Lassiter 13-0 in the third quarter and staked a 34-21 advantage entering the fourth.

Aarons’ 44-yard completion to Cole Taylor late in the third led to the quarterback’s touchdown catch from Vanhorn off a reverse early in the fourth quarter, trimming the deficit to 34-28 with 11:10 remaining.

Mason Waters rushed 16 times for 81 yards for Lassiter. He also caught a touchdown pass. Grant Daniels had 14 carries for 78 yards and Micah Grigsby caught nine passes for 65 yards and a score. Vanhorn had seven receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Michael McCain caught a touchdown for Kell.

“Kell’s a great team, and our kids tried hard,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “We dug ourselves a hole in both halves and fought back, so I’m proud of the team. This hurts, but we’re a better team this week than we were last week.”

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good game
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September 01, 2014
Seems like this was a very good game. Kell ended up having the ball last and had just enough time to win the game.

Tip the hat to them making just enough plays to get the win.

Have to say both teams have some very good talent. Lassiter's seems to be younger, especially on defense.

If you are the Trojans just have to hope that the first 2 games have provided enough growth for region starting this week against Walton.

And Kell looks like they will be challenging for another region title whenever they get underway with their region play.
Game over
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September 01, 2014
True, Armstrong should have used a different phrase when describing his thoughts on Lassiter. However, he is also the same player that intercepted the last pass of the game and instead of scoring he ran out of bounds so as not to score an unnecessary TD. I believe that speaks more about his character and sportsmanship than an emotional comment immediately following the game.

Lucky? Kell led for the majority of the game. Lassiter led for 57 seconds and couldn't hold that lead. Missed tackles are not "lucky or unlucky". They are a reflection of a skill that needs improving. Both teams played with tremendous heart and toughness. It was a reflection of a true rivalry game. Put down the ugliness and move on.

Kell 42

Lassiter 35

Game over
vivienne1932
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September 02, 2014
"What ifs, missed tackles, AND Kell got lucky."

Bottom line it was a great game - could have gone either way.
Oh and too
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September 01, 2014
Lassiter is a very weak team. Physically weak. The weight lifting program is a joke. Most serious football players have to find an outside trainer for results.

More effort goes into raising money for coaches pay compared to effort to make the players stronger. Lassiter is going back to a non-playoff team. It was just a matter of time before the ready to play "move ins" stop coming.

This fifth year should have been the best group under the coaching staff but I guess they couldn't bring in a new QB, WR, S, etc...

So much for developing players. Now get out there and sell cards.
vivienne1932
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August 31, 2014
It was a great game and Kell got lucky
vivienne1932
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August 31, 2014
Several "what ifs", missed tackles, Kell got lucky. It was a great game. Pretty sure Lassiter gave Kell more of a run than was anticipated. To quote announcers in yesterday's UGA game ...heart doesn't show up in statistics...

That's what you're going to see this year from this Lassiter team.

Stupid comment by Armstrong from Kell. Should have been edited. MDJ has been a Hoover for at least the past 20 years. For real coverage check out ghsanewsonline.com.
louis lame
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September 01, 2014
lame comment. Must be super mans dad.
sooo tired
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August 31, 2014
You are absolutely right and I apologize. I have no right to respond to the young man who said he didn't like Lassiter, one rude remark does not warrant an adult calling attention to the comment. His parents should be responsible for that. Your response allows the behavior of the fans (student body) and the football player to go unchecked. If that is the kind of reputation you want, go for it. If my child had behaved like the student body did or said what the player said, in public, there would have been consequences from me. I just commented on what I personally heard, saw and read. Until the night of the game, I would not have said anything negative about Kell.

The "Shocked" issue could be seen on the faces of the Kell fans after Lassiter went ahead. I heard several discussions among Kell friends and fans that they had expected the game would be a blowout...it's clearly not as simple as you think. Kell is a ranked team and it wasn't a blowout, it shocked me!
sooo tired
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August 30, 2014
This is SO tiresome. Kell was projected to win...they did, but they DID NOT SHOCK LASSITER! Kell should be shocked, as for ONE play, they would have lost. MDJ, PLEASE be objective! Review the stats... "Armstrong didn't like Lassiter" what place does that have in reporting? Duh??? A ONE-GET-LUCKY play does not make a team for Kell. I would be al little worried if i were Kell being ranked so highly!

Statistically speaking... The results will be revealed in the MDJ???

Kell's QB was elegant...the rest of the team and the fans...swarthy at best!
Get over yourself
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August 30, 2014
Shock has nothing to do with the projected winner. Lassiter led with 58 seconds to play and Kell came back to win. Since Lassiter couldn't hold a lead with under a minute left, Kell shocked Lassiter. It's really that simple.

Including a quote in a story... That's what the kid said. It speaks to the rivalry. Kell doesn't like Lassiter. Lassiter doesn't like Kell. Even you're commenting negatively about "the rest of the (Kell) team and the fans" as "swarthy at best!" So, It's clear you have feelings on the rivalry too.

It was a great game and Kell won.
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