Courier Sports Editor
Time ran out on Cannon County’s bid to end a long losing streak in a 13-6 loss against Meigs County on Homecoming Friday at Schwartz Field.
The Lions’ defense, which put forth a valiant effort throughout and gave Cannon County a great chance at ending what has become an 18-game losing streak, came up with a huge stop on fourth down to return possession to the offense.
Cannon County took over at its 15 with 2:40 remaining and no timeouts needing a touchdown and extra point to force overtime.
The Lions marched the ball to the Meigs County 41 before the clock expired on the comeback bid.
“This was one of the better games and the guys put forth tremendous effort to try and get this victory,” Cannon County Head Coach Brent Bush said. “We just ran out of time. We had our chances and the defense continued to make plays to get off the field. We just fell a little short in this one.”
Cannon County, which trailed 13-0 at halftime, cut the deficit in half when quarterback Cody Petro scored on a keeper from 12 yards out. The extra point conversion failed and the Lions trailed 13-6 with 9:53 remaining.
“We just wanted to get a stop and give our offense another chance to get in the end zone because we were starting to move the ball on them,” said Jonathan Smith, who finished with 12 tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. “We put a lot of effort into getting this win but it just didn’t work out. I’m proud of our team and the way we competed.”
Cannon County’s defense was the main reason the Lions had their best chance at victory.
In addition to Smith’s outstanding play, B.J. Daniel had another sterling defensive effort. Daniel had 14 tackles, including five for lost yardage. David Fonoti, Ryan McLaurine and Ethan Smith turned in strong defensive efforts.
Meigs County scored both of its touchdowns following fumbled punt returns by the Lions.
Cannon County will face Smith County on Senior Night Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Schwartz Field.