Lapel drops OT thriller to Frankton


By Brady Extin | The Times-Post

LAPEL — In a thrilling, overtime game, something happened that hasn’t been done since 2012.

Lapel (0-2) was defeated by Madison County rival Frankton (1-1) 38-37.

The loss was the Bulldogs first in the series in the last 14 matchups.

Frankton running back Nate Luzadder’s fifth touchdown of the night was enough to give the Eagles the edge in the first overtime.

After his score, and the Colson Falink extra point, the Bulldogs answered with a 9-yard strike from sophomore quarterback Devin Craig to Nick Witte. But a missed extra point allowed Frankton to escape with the one-point win.

Luzadder began the game with a 33-yard touchdown to open the scoring, but the Bulldogs connection of Craig and Witte responded to give Lapel a 7-6 lead.

Luzadder punched in a short touchdown run to give Frankton back the lead early in the second quarter, but another Craig touchdown pass, this time to Brice Burress from 26 yards out, and a Witte interception return gave the Bulldogs a 21-12 halftime lead.

The two teams traded third-quarter touchdowns, with Luzadder adding his third score and Rylie Hudson going 30 yards for the Lapel score.

In a 28-18 game entering the fourth quarter, the Eagles reeled off the next 13 points. Luzadder punched in his fourth score, and defensive back Crew Farrell intercepted Craig and returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead score.

A field goal by Cole Miller in the closing moments tied things back up and sent the game into overtime.

Craig finished the game with 315 yards and four touchdown passes for Lapel.

Witte caught eight passes for 106 yards and two scores and added another score with his interception return. Hudson caught nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, and Brice Burress hauled in six catches for 78 yards and a score.

On the ground, Jack Miller led Lapel with 63 yards on 12 carries.

Hudson led the team with nine tackles, while Witte, Isaiah Priest, Chandler Lowes and Jaydon Rodriguez all added seven tackles.

Lapel will try to avoid another thing that hasn’t happened since 2012 when they play host to Shenandoah (1-1) tomorrow. The Bulldogs haven’t started a season 0-3 since then.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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