Deerfield-Windsor 6, Loganville Christian 3: Knights top Lions after three overtimes on homecoming

LCA Homecoming   JR Curley, left, was voted Homecoming King by his peers at LCA. Julia Fleming, right, was chosen to be Homecoming Queen.

LCA Homecoming

JR Curley, left, was voted Homecoming King by his peers at LCA. Julia Fleming, right, was chosen to be Homecoming Queen.

LOGANVILLE — It took four quarters of football and two overtime periods for either Loganville Christian Academy or Deerfield-Windsor to get on the board on homecoming night for LCA.

But, in the third overtime, the Knights punched in a score from the 1-yard line, after LCA’s freshman kicker Carter Smith converted from 22 yards out. The game finished Deerfield-Windsor 6, LCA 3.

After four quarters without a score, the game headed to overtime. Both teams got a shot from the 25-yard line in the first round of overtime.

LCA started with the ball. The offense marched to the eight-yard line, before being forced back from penalties. Smith’s field goal attempt from 34 yards out fell short.

Deerfield marched the ball down to inside the 10-yard line. Then, with the game in the balance, the special teams unit swatted down the attempt to keep the game alive.

Deerfield got the ball next, but the Lion defense forced a fumble and got the ball back.

On LCA’s next shot from 25 yards out ended with Smith’s 28-yard field goal attempt being blocked by the Deerfield defense.

In the next round of overtime, both teams started from the 10.

LCA got on the board with Smith’s third overtime kick. Deerfield, however, did the Lions one better and found the end zone on a one yard run.

Defense was critical to the Lion’s effort. Across the whole game, the unit forced six turnovers. JR Curley tallied nine tackles, including two for a loss. Cameron Lifsey added seven.

Curley was also voted Homecoming King. Julia Fleming, who was voted Homecoming Queen, joined him.

LCA will play Notre Dame Academy at home next week.

Logout|My Dashboard HomeSports Tiftarea Academy 38, Loganville Christian 31: Heartbreaking loss for the LCA Lions

Jordan Jackson   Jordan Jackson picks up yardage for Loganville Christian in the Lions’ loss Friday night at Tiftarea Academy in Chula, Ga.

Jordan Jackson

Jordan Jackson picks up yardage for Loganville Christian in the Lions’ loss Friday night at Tiftarea Academy in Chula, Ga.

Friday night turned into the Jayk Sailer Show and that was everything the Tiftarea Academy Panthers needed in pulling out a miraculous 38-31 high school football victory over Loganville Christian on homecoming.

Sailer scored two touchdowns and kicked a field goal for Tiftarea, including the game-winning 30-yard touchdown.

With 1 minute, 4 seconds remaining and the Panthers trailing 31-30, quarterback Logan Crosson timed a screen pass perfectly and Sailer went bounding into the end zone.

Loganville Christian turned the ball over on downs with 40 seconds left after failing to get a first down.

Thirty-five points were scored in the fourth quarter, a wild 12-minute span that belied the first half.

Tiftarea led at intermission, 8-7. At the end of the end of the third quarter, the squads were tied at 17-all.

The fourth started calmly enough, with Crosson running the ball in from a yard out with 10:12 left. Adam McKinney had gotten them ball with a sliding interception two plays into the period. Sailer kicked the extra point.

Then the madness began.

Tiftarea stripped Cameron Lifsey of the football around his own 25-yard line. The ball squirted through multiple hands until Austin Coleman scooped it up and began running. Sailer finally corralled him at the 16. It saved a touchdown temporarily, but Lifsey was soon over the goal line. Following Carter Smith’s extra-point kick at 6:27, it was 24-24.

A good McKinney return meant the Panthers started their next possession at midfield. After being bailed out by Dylan Harbort on a third down reception, Crosson found his legs. A draw play went for 8 yards and a score at 4:49. The Panthers opted to go for 2 points, but missed a pass.

It was 30-24 when the kickoff went to Jordan Jackson. He caught it at the 13, shook off a few defenders and continued down his own sideline. He scored at 4:33, stunning the Tiftarea crowd. Even more luck went the Lions’ way when Smith’s kick hit the crossbar and bounced over.

Tiftarea took the kickoff back to their own 34. A long field was ahead of them and the clock was ticking. After an initial first down, Crosson was sacked at the 50. Harbort reeled in another pass at the 34 to keep the chains moving.

Crosson ran to the 29, absorbing a hard hit in the process. He missed a play, came back, then disaster struck — an intentional grounding call. Tiftarea had the ball at its own 30.

Crosson then dropped back against a pass rush and found Sailer in the middle of the field on the screen and ultimately the game-winning score.

Crosson handed off in the backfield to Harbort, who threw back to a wide open Crosson for the 2-point conversion.

The game started as a possession battle.

Loganville Christian was without star running back Keon McGhee, but seemed to move with ease against Tiftarea’s defense.

The Panthers scored on Will Ross’ reverse in the first, going up 8-0 on a Crosson pass to Adam McKinney. The only score of the second was Lifsey’s 5-yard run.

Smith put the Lions ahead 10-8 on a 22-yard field goal before Sailer made it 11-10, Tiftarea, with a 22-yard boot of his own.

Sailer took a toss sweep for 40 yards to go up 17-10, then Jackson tied after reeling in an 87-yard pass from Pace.

South Georgia swoon continues

Jordan Jackson   Loganville Christian's Jordan Jackson (2) shakes off the tackle from Nathan Yokley (25) of Brookwood as Mac Brandon (5) gives chase Friday night, Sept. 20, 2019, in Thomasville, Ga.

Jordan Jackson

Loganville Christian's Jordan Jackson (2) shakes off the tackle from Nathan Yokley (25) of Brookwood as Mac Brandon (5) gives chase Friday night, Sept. 20, 2019, in Thomasville, Ga.

A three-game swing against south Georgia teams hasn’t been good for Loganville Christian.

The Lions lost their second straight Friday night, dropping a 13-10 setback to Brookwood at Warriors Stadium, Loganville Christian’s second straight setback after a 3-0 start to the season. The Lions lost to Southland 13-0 last week in Loganville.

Brookwood scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:22 left, then kept the Lions out of the end zone with 10 seconds left to preserve the victory.

“No words, man,” Loganville Christian coach Patrick Stewart said. “Definitely not the players’ fault. … It’s my fault, I will tell you that. They played with the relentless effort we ask of them every day. So I'll take the blame on this one.

“We played unbelieveable. We played great, every aspect from special teams, offense, defense, there were no negatives. Coaches will take this one.”

Loganville Christian (3-2) forced three turnovers and all of its points came off turnovers. A blocked punt by Gavin Sharp that Austin Coleman scooped up and returned 20 yards for a score was the Lions’ only touchdown of the night.

After Brookwood scored on its opening possession, the Warriors (2-2) didn’t cross midfield until late in the fourth quarter on their final scoring drive.

Star of the game

Loganville's defense recovered two fumbles, including one by Lajalan Stephens and another by Jordan Jackson. Stephens’ fumble recovery led to a field goal, while Sharp blocked a Brookwood punt and Coleman scooped up the loose ball and rambled 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Lions their first lead at 10-7 with 3:33 left in the second quarter. It was a play that seemed to ignite some much-needed momentum for Loganville Christian who came out flat to start the contest. Other highlights include Cameron Lifsey helping the offense run the ball while Clayton Smith and Cole Pace took charge at the end of the game leading the offense.

Play of the game

Brookwood batted away a fourth down pass at the goal line with 10 seconds left to preserve the victory. The Lions were called for illegal procedure on the play, turning the ball over on downs.

What's next?

Loganville Christian plays at Tiftarea at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Brookwood plays host to Heritage School at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.