Lions shut out McCreary, 43-0
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
The Pineville Mountain Lions rolled past the Raiders of McCreary Central on Friday by a score of 43-0.
“I think we felt like we should have won this ball game,” said Pineville head coach Bart Elam. “They did what they were suppose to do and we’re proud of that.”
The rushing game played a big part in the Mountain Lion victory. The team had 216 total rushing yards.
“We went into it wanting to run the football,” said Elam. “We want to be good at that part of the game and want to get better at the passing part.”
Conner Ford led the team in rushing with 70 yards on two attempts with two touchdowns. Tucker Woolum ran it four times for 69 yards with one touchdown, and Brad Fuson racked up 67 yards rushing on six carries with one touchdown.
Woolum was affective through the air as well. He completed four passes on eight attempts for 72 yards and one touchdown.
The Mountain Lion defense stifled the Raiders’ offensive attack. McCreary Central had a total of 38 yards rushing and 28 yards passing in the game.
“I think part of it is our kids are realizing what they need to do in the system,” said Elam in regards to Pineville’s defensive pressure. “Our kids are buying into what their position is.”
The Mountain Lion defense started the game off strong in the first quarter. On the third possession of the game, Dalton Ledbetter sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety, putting Pineville up 2-0.
Ford returned the ensuing kick 60 yards for a touchdown. The Mountain Lions converted the two point attempt as Woolum connected with Fuson in the end zone, bringing the score to 10-0 with 10:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The Mountain Lions regained possession after another Ledbetter sack forced the Raiders to turn the ball over on downs following a seven play drive.
On the first play of the Pineville possession, Woolum ran 78 yards on a quarterback draw for a touchdown with 7:36 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point increased the lead to 17-0.
After McCreary Central went four-and-out on their next possession, Pineville took over on their own 30-yard-line. A 25-yard run by Woolum set the Mountain Lions up inside the Raider 45.
With 3:44 remaining remaining in the first, Woolum hit Will Adams on a screen and the freshman took it 44 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good, putting Pineville ahead 24-0.
The Mountain Lion defense was able to shut down the Raiders’ next possession, forcing them to go three-and-out. Pineville would get possession inside Raider territory.
It would take the Lions just four plays to score off a 21-yard run by Ford. The Mountain Lions missed the extra point and finished the quarter with a 30-0 lead.
The Mountain Lion defense would once against stop the Raider offense in four downs at the beginning of the second quarter.
On the next possession, a 23-yard run by Fuson would set up a touchdown for the Mountain Lions. Ford broke free on the next play, running the ball down the field 49 yards for the touchdown, increasing the lead to 36-0 with 7:39 remaining in the second.
The final touchdown of the night came two plays after halftime. Following 31-yard run, Fuson would power his way 9 yards into the end zone with 10:17 remaining in the quarter, bringing the final score to 43-0 in favor of Pineville.
Pineville (2-2) will travel to play rival Lynn Camp next Friday.
“Lynn Camp came in and stole one from us last year,” said Elam. “Our kids still have a bad taste in their mouth over that. We have to go there, which is always a tough place to play, but our kids are ready.”
McCreary Central will host Leslie County next Friday.
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