Defense powers Titans over Lancers

LE ROY — Southern Coffey County High’s defense was in control early and late Friday evening.
The Titan offense, meanwhile, hit its stride in between as Southern Coffey County handed old rival Crest High a 56-33 defeat.
The victory pushes Southern Coffey County’s overall record to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in Eight-Man I District 2 play. Crest, meanwhile, falls to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in districts.
“The kids have really started to come together as we’ve played through the season,” Titan head coach John Chanley said. “It was a great team effort.”
The Titans seized control via a 22-6 second-quarter spurt to lead 30-9 at halftime. Crest mounted a furious comeback in the third quarter, closing to within 42-33 by the end of the period.
“We started out pretty flat,” Crest head coach Brent Smith said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes, which is uncharacteristic for us.
But the Titans turned to their ground game in the fourth quarter to seal the win, scoring twice in the final eight minutes.
Ben Spencer propelled Southern Coffey County early, scoring on runs of eight and 11 yards before finding Chyler Ludolph on a 65-yard touchdown pass and Aaron Ludolph from eight yards away. Trevor Smith’s four-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left in the half pushed Southern Coffey County’s lead to 30-9.
Kyle Hammond, who scored on a 51-yard touchdown run in the first half for Crest, sparked the Lancer comeback after halftime. He found Zach Stinnett on a 13-yard touchdown run before scoring on a one-yard keeper to close the Lancer deficit to 36-25.
Trevor Smith responded with a 10-yard run for the Titans, which was followed by a one-yard scoring run by Crest’s Bryan Newton. A successful two-point conversion run by Hammond closed the gap to 42-33.
It was as close as the Lancers would get.
The Titans focused on their running game in the fourth quarter in an attempt to run out the clock.
The strategy worked in the form of a pair of sustained scoring drives, both of which ended with Drew Parrish touchdown runs (nine and four yards, respectively).
“Crest is such a great running team,” Chanley said. “I thought our defense did a great job of stepping up. Our line did a tremendous job of coming off the line of scrimmage, which allowed us to move the ball.”
“We didn’t come out ready to play the way you’re supposed to against a team like SCC,” Coach Smith said. “This is a big rivalry game and they made the plays they had to.”
Trevor Smith rushed 15 times for 128 yards for the Titans, who racked up 279 yards rushing and 189 yards passing. Parrish had 97 yards on 17 carries.
Spencer completed 10 of 24 passes for 189 yards and rushed 13 times for 54 yards. Aaron Ludolph had 66 yards on six receptions, while Chyler Ludolph racked up 68 yards on two catches. Ethan Graham had a 35-yard reception. Aaron Ludolph led the Titan defense with 15 tackles, followed by Travis Bryan with 13 stops, Chyler Ludolph with 11 and Graham and Smith with nine apiece. Parrish also had a fumble recovery and interception on defense. Chyler Ludolph chipped in with an interception. Aaron Ludolph recovered a fumble.
For the Lancers, Hammond rushed for 166 yards, while completing 3 of 8 passes for 74 yards. Newton had 94 yards on 11 carries, while Dakota Ramsey carried five times for 67 yards. Stinnett had 30 yards on two receptions. Dexter Wiley added a 14-yard catch.
On defense, Hammond led the Lancer defense with 11 tackles, followed by Thomas Dietrich and Stinnett with nine apiece and Wiley and Micah Smith with eight. Stinnett recovered a pair of Titan fumbles, and C.J. Cole registered a quarterback sack.
Southern Coffey County travels to Hartford Thursday to wrap up the regular season. Crest hosts Lebo for Senior Night.
Southern Coffey Co. 8-22-12-14—56
Crest 3-6-24-0—33