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|Olney storms back, stuns Indians, 35-33|
LAWRENCEVILLE - Conference championship hopes for Lawrenceville High School's football team were dashed by homecoming heartache Saturday afternoon at Ed Loeb Field.
Visiting Olney rallied from a 27-0 deficit to hand the Indians a 35-33 setback in front of the large homecoming crowd. As a result the Tigers (5-1, 4-0 Little Illini Conference Eastern Division) can claim the league championship by beating visiting Newton Friday night. The Indians (4-2, 2-2 LIC Eastern) can now finish no better than a tie for second in the league standings.
The Indians appeared to be coasting to a league co-championship, leading 27-0 in the waning seconds of the opening half. But Olney quarterback Justin Bailey threw four touchdown passes and the Tigers scored 35 unanswered points to pull out the win.
"I'm not sure we handled things very well," Lawrenceville coach Greg Wood said. "We made a couple of mistakes, gave them a couple of big plays early in the second half and that kind of changed the momentum of the game."
The Indians used a touchdown run by Gage McIntosh, two one-yard dives by quarterback Zach Shoulders and a short run by Austin Wanke with just 49 seconds to play in the second period to take a 27-0 lead.
Even after falling behind, 35-27, the Indians still had a chance when they took over at the Olney 29 with 1:26 to play. After passing to Cole Hulen for nine yards on first down, Shoulders escaped the pocket and made a sensational 63-yard run down the right sideline for a touchdown that pulled LHS to within 35-33 with 50 seconds remaining.
The Indians' try for a two-point conversion to tie the game was thwarted, as a pass by Shoulders that was intended for Wanke was swatted away by the Tigers.
"I'm extremely proud of our kids and the way they played," Wood said. "It was a battle out there for four quarters and Lawrenceville football fans haven't seen that for a long, long time. Our kids battled hard, they just came up short at the end."
Bailey connected on just 10 of 25 passes, with an interception. But when he found a target, it was generally for big yardage. Seven of his tosses were for 18 yards or more and he finished with 242 passing yards.
Bailey's 41 yard toss to Ryan Eagleson with 12 seconds to play in the opening half brought the Tigers to within 27-7. He then found Eagleson for a 77 yard score down the left sideline early in the third period and passed 45 yards to Nolan Shan for a score with 1:17 remaining in the third period, pulling the Tigers to within 27-21.
Olney moved in front with 7:56 left in the game on Bailey's 33-yard pass to Zach Eagleson down the left sideline. The Tigers stretched the lead to 35-27 with 6:32 to go when Dalton Waggoner picked off a Shoulders pass and raced 55 yards for a score.
Both teams finished with 337 yards in total offense. The Indians racked up 315 yards on the ground with Shoulders gaining 131 and Wanke 96.
"Several kids played career games for us," Wood said. "What could have been is what could have been, but at least we were in that situation. We need to respond. We've got three games to go, and finishing 7-2 wouldn't be a bad year."
Lawrenceville will travel to play Marshall - a team it has not beaten since joining the LIC in the fall of 2001 - Friday night to conclude LIC Eastern play.
Tigers 35, Indians 33
Score by quarters
Olney 0 7 14 14 - 35
Lawrenceville 7 20 0 6 - 33
First downs 10 20
by rushing 2 17
by passing 8 0
by penalty 0 3
Rushes-yards 27-95 68-315
Passing (C-A-I) 10-25-1 3-10-2
Passing yards 242 22
Total yards 337 337
Penalties-yards 4-30 5-50
Punts-average 6-29.7 7-27.4
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-1
Possession 17:51 30:09
L - Gage McIntosh, 13 run (Zach Shoulders kick), 1:41, 1st qtr. L 7, O 0.
L - Shoulders, 1 run (Kick failed), 11:13, 2nd qtr. L 13, O 0.
L - Shoulders, 1 run (Shoulders run), 6:36, 2nd qtr. L21, O 0.
L - Austin Wanke, 3 run (Kick failed), :49, 2nd qtr. L 27, O 0.
O - Ryan Eagleson, 41 pass from Justin Bailey (Chance Madden kick), :12. 2nd qtr. L 27, O 7.
O - Eagleson, 77 pass from Bailley (Madden kick), 8:21, 3rd qtr. L 27, O 14.
O - Nolan Shan, 45 pass from Bailey (Madden kick), 1:17, 3rd qtr. L 27, O 21.
O - Zach Eagleson, 33 pass from Bailey (Madden kick), 7:56, 4th qtr. O 28, L 27.
O - Dalton Waggoner, 55 interception return (Madden kick), 6:32, 4th qtr. O 35, L 27.
L - Shoulders, 63 run (Pass failed), :50, 4th qtr. O 35, L 33.
Rushing - Olney: Jordan Hahn 10-61, Dirk Washburn 6-30, Ian Miller 2-7, Nick Dobbs 1-4, Shan 2-1, Bailey 6-minus 8. Lawrenceville: Shoulders 24-131 (3 TDs), Wanke 21-96 (TD), Cole Hulen 15-51, Evan Staggs 7-24, McIntosh 1-13 (TD).
Passing - Olney: Bailey 10-25-1, 242 (4 TDs). Lawrenceville: Shoulders 3-10-2, 22.
Receiving - Olney: R. Eagleson 4-156 (2 TDs), Shan 1-45 (TD), Z. Eagleson 1-33 (TD), Dobbs 1-10, Washburn 2-0, Miller 1-minus 2. Lawrenceville: Hulen 2-17, Thomas Grove 1-5.
Punting - Olney: Dobbs 6-178, 29.7 avg. Lawrenceville: Shoulders 6-167, 27.8 avg., Cody Fiscus 1-25, 25.0 avg.
Punt Returns - Olney: Dobbs 1-4. Lawrenceville: Wyatt Rinsch 2-15, Staggs 1-10.
Kickoff returns - Olney: R. Eagleson 3-61, Gus Lathrop 3-36. Lawrenceville: McIntosh 2-41, Wanke 1-16, Staggs 1-14, Ryan Potts 1-7.
Interceptions - Olney: Waggoner 1-55 (TD), R. Eagleson 1-0. Lawrenceville: Staggs 1-13.