Key plays provide Longhorns with edge
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Kell’s Darian Harris tries to tightrope the sideline on a carry in Friday’s game against Lassiter. Though Harris didn’t account in the scoring, his Longhorns still had the upper hand.
<BR>Special photo by Cecil Copeland
Kell’s Darian Harris tries to tightrope the sideline on a carry in Friday’s game against Lassiter. Though Harris didn’t account in the scoring, his Longhorns still had the upper hand.
Special photo by Cecil Copeland
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MARIETTA — Kell was in good position to beat neighboring rival Lassiter all throughout the fourth quarter Friday, but it still needed a few plays to make it secure.

It wasn’t until a 16-yard touchdown run by Jay Moxey on a sweep to the left with 1:41 left to play. That cemented a 35-20 victory at Cobb Energy/Corky Kell Stadium.

The previous Kell play dampened Lassiter’s hopes of getting the ball back.

Winning by only eight, the Longhorns (2-0) needed to convert a third-and-8 from their own 48. They could have been closer, if not for a 5-yard illegal motion flag.

But despite the penalty, Kell kept the drive alive when quarterback Matthew McGuigan threw to D’Vonte Dennis for a 35-yard gain. Had the Longhorns failed there, Lassiter (1-2) would have had roughly 2 minutes to score and get a 2-point conversion to tie the game.

“Lassiter fought back, like good programs do,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “We made big plays at the end.”

Moxey was clutch on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he carried the ball 14 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, he had two interceptions.

Kell was certainly in the driver’s seat late in the third quarter when the Longhorns scored on a lateral. McGuigan threw a lateral to receiver Julian Burris, who then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Dennis for a 26-10 lead.

Following a bad snap on the extra point, holder Cameron Rosendahl — also the backup quarterback — threw to Evan Carnes for the 2-point conversion.

The accidental 2-point conversion gave Kell an 18-point lead with 4:26 left in the third. That, however, was more than enough time for Lassiter to attempt a comeback, and the Trojans nearly pulled it off.

Lassiter cut the lead to 11 when Corey John scored on a 3-yard run up the middle. After forcing Kell to punt on its next possession, the Trojans got the ball back at midfield and moved it inside the 10 for a chance to score and get within four points. But Kell stopped the Trojans and settled for a 25-yard field goal by Luke Hardin to get within eight.

Lassiter had a chance to tie it with still more than half the fourth quarter to play, but it couldn’t get past the Kell 43 before having to punt. Quarterback Will Anderson, who threw for 192 yards and a touchdown after missing last week’s game with an injury, threw back-to-back incomplete passes on first and second down — the second under pressure from Michael McCain — and he managed to get just 3 yards on third down before the Trojans punted the ball away.

With 5:41 left to play, Kell kept the drive alive on Dennis’ 35-yard catch and a crucial 10-yard run by Taylor Henkle on third-and-3 from the Longhorns’ 36.

Lassiter and Kell both struggled to score touchdowns in the first half and had to settle for field goals. But it was Kell which managed to get ahead of in the second quarter by scoring back-to-back touchdowns on short runs by Moxey and Burris to take 20-3 lead.

Lassiter didn’t get a touchdown until Anderson hit Lane Jackman for a 7-yard catch with 33 seconds, but it was that touchdown that kept the Trojans in the game.

“We didn’t play well,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “We played better in the second half at times, but we couldn’t convert in the red zone, and we had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. I have to do a better job getting us ready to play. This is totally on me.”

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PManning
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September 19, 2013
Aarons led Lassiter JV to 6-1 record last year. He earned the position as starting QB-it was Anderson's job to beat him out of it. There never was any competition-the job was given to Anderson on a silver platter last January when some sort of deal was made.

How many times will Lassiter have to lose before Anderson is replaced?

Why have so many kids -some who have been playing football for 10 years - quit the team in the last six months?

And what kind of team will there be next year? Anderson and other seniors will be gone, many juniors have quit, 3rd string QB quit...could be a sophomore or freshman starting at QB next year...for what used to be one of the best programs in the state.
I'd quit too
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September 27, 2013
There's no way I would put the sweat and blood in for a program if I knew an all star team would come in by my Junior/Senior year and have the edge at taking my spot. It's very unfortunate what's going on over there. I have friends in the Lassiter and Kell programs. From what I hear, it's happening at both schools.??
John D
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September 19, 2013
If one win doesn't a player make, how many losses does it take to un-make a player?
John D.
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September 19, 2013
So if 1 win doesn't a player make, how many losses unmake a "player"?
Knute R
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September 16, 2013
Please play Russell

JRSS
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September 18, 2013
Really? Its HS and 1 game against Sprayberry a player doesn't make!!
Really Silly
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September 18, 2013
How many games do you give an imported QB to win the game? 2 losses vs 1 win...hmmm (plus the TD against McEachern at the end). Aarons has been playing the same offense with the same kids since middle school...I think they believe in him. You're right, if it is "HS" why not give the opportunity to the home-grown kid? AAA private vs the same teams over the last 5 years...again, hmmm. LHS would have had a legacy QB and all of this media and blog debate wouldn't exist if this "transfer" hadn't occurred. Sell your house and rent in another district for a year...REALLY?
JR S S S
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September 19, 2013
Really? LOL It's not 1A football either.

Russ Aaron is so much better. I guess that's why everyone loves the Lassiter Coaches. NOT
pnm50
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September 19, 2013
JRSS - hopefully you have been to the games to see both QBs. Football is like a game of chess, besides being able to throw the ball a long distance, you have to be able to hit the receiver, go through progressions and run the ball. It was obvious to me that the team looked more confident and under Aarons' leadership. You are right it was just one game, but it WAS a win. Anderson has had two games, both for losses and doesn't seem to see the field the way Aarons does (great TD at the end of the McEachern game).

Exactly, what DOES make a player? Aarons has been in the LHS program since 6th grade, went 6-1 in JV last season, and wasn't given the opportunity to play varsity while Eddie Printz was there...he was the LHS legacy QB until "something strange" happened. You'd sell your house and rent in a different district your senior year under what circumstances? Most teenagers would never agree to that! Is it happening all over? Yes, but that doesn't make it right and it discourages the other athletes that have been waiting for an opportunity. If adults were able to put themselves in the place of these young people, and parallel these high school situations into your own workplace (your boss gives your job to his nephew, even though you have been there, worked hard, paid your dues and the rest of the office likes you), how would you feel. Sad thing is that these kids are learning these lessons when they are supposed to be learning the game. Now not only are they not learning, they are not being taught...why should coaches teach the game when people are "moving" into the district? Sad situation.
slim065
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September 15, 2013
Anyone know what Waters' injury is and how severe? He showed some moments in the game of what could be a very bright future. Just hoping the injury looked much worse on the webcast than it turns out to be.

Regarding the game, Kell made a couple big plays when they had to. Lassiter had some uncharacteristic drops that cost them on a couple drives. Kell looks like they could be threat for a region championship in their class and Lassiter will hopefully improve on the drops/penalties/miss-tackles that have shown up the first 3 games.
Steve Br
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September 17, 2013
uncharacteristic drops? What have you been watching? It is an epidemic. I hope Lassiter can keep the run game going. I think it is their only hope to make the playoffs.
slim065
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September 18, 2013
From what I had seen of a couple of the players last year and had been told this year, a couple of the WRs with the drops on Friday were some of the best hands on the team. That was the first game I had seen this year, so maybe the team has had a case of the drops in the first 3 games overall?

Hopefully they get that corrected though. Running game definitely needs to be more of a factor until the QB and WRs can get on the same page.
IndianPride
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September 14, 2013
Was sad to hear that Mason Waters the freshman running back was injured. He's a special young man and I'm sure his name will be one to hear in the coming years. Indian Nation prays for a speedy recovery.
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