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October 4, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL: Farley’s late TD, Wrenn’s pick seal 15-7 win for Warriors

WEST POINT — Banged up and bruised all week, Bryant Farley was determined not to let his team down on homecoming night. West Point’s junior quarterback scampered 17 yards for a touchdown with less than a minute to go in Friday night’s ballgame, giving the Warriors a 15-7 win over Lawrence County.

“Bryant didn’t get to practice much this week, but when you have an athlete like him, he wants to compete,” West Point coach Don Farley said.

Coach Farley said he felt comfortable putting the ball in the hands of his quarterback because he had faith in the squad’s special teams.

“We had a timeout in our pocket, and felt like we could kick the field goal if we needed it,” he said.

The Warriors (2-4, 1-3 Class 5A, Region 8) ultimately didn’t need it because Farley found the end zone instead.

A defensive struggle in the first half between both teams yielded a scoreless tie, but West Point came out of the locker room with offense in mind. The Warriors drove 69 yards on just seven plays, aided by a 15-yard personal foul penalty against Lawrence County (2-4, 0-4 Class 5A, Region 8), and scored first. Levi Laney bulldozed his way into the end zone with a 2-yard scoring run just 3:11 into the quarter.

The Red Devils answered quickly, however, with a 10-play, 65-yard drive of their own. Garret Marsh rumbled in from 13 yards out to cap off the possession for Lawrence County.

Red Devil coach Rich Dutton knew giving Marsh the ball was the key in the second half.

“You could see in his eyes at halftime that he wanted to be a major part of this turnaround,” he said. “It meant something to him tonight.”

Marsh ran for 111 yards in the second half alone. He finished with 141 yards on 21 carries and the touchdown.

Each team was plagued by the turnover bug. West Point lost three fumbles, while Lawrence County threw three interceptions, including Will Wrenn’s pick inside the Warriors’ 10-yard-line that sealed the game with just 15 seconds left.

“We’re really proud of the way our guys fought tonight,” coach Farley said. “Usually when you lose the turnover battle, you lose, but our guys fought through it.”

The younger Farley was 5 of 10 passing for 81 yards and added 37 yards on the ground. Kobe Smith led the Warriors in his season debut with 78 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Lawrence County will return home next week for homecoming against Cullman, while West Point will travel to Hartselle.

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