Devon “Scooby” Morris and Colby Frazier both ran for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns apiece to lead the Pineville Mountain Lions to a 28-14 win at McCreary Central on Friday.
The Pineville defense held the Raiders to just 138 yards of total offense while intercepting three passes and recovering a fumble.
Still, the Lions found themselves trailing 14-13 with 8:13 to play after Tyler Owens return a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown and Kaden Cummins added the extra point.
Pineville answered quickly. Morris returned the following kick 64 yards down to the McCreary four yard line.
After a holding penalty pushed the Lions back to the 18 Morris took a direct snap, started to his right and then found a seam up the middle for an 18-yard touchdown run. Frazier added the two-point conversion to put Pineville up 21-14 with 7:05 to play.
The defense forced a quick three-and-out and pressure forced a bad punt that went for negative yardage.
That set the Lions up at the McCreary 19 and Morris again took the direct snap and went 19 yards up the middle for the touchdown. Luke Naylor’s kick made it 28-18 and that proved to be the final.
Up until the fourth quarter, Morris had been held mostly in check by the McCreary defense and had even lost a fumble. But with his team behind the sophomore knew it was time to step up.
“I was like, I can’t let this go on. I’m supposed to be one of the best sophomore backs around here and I hadn’t done anything. I had to put my head on a swivel and go play football,” he said.
Morris finished with 130 yards on 19 carries while Frazier added 110 yards on 16 rushes.
“Colby and Scooby, at halftime Coach Teague said we’re going to rotate those two guys and we’re going to use them. That’s exactly what happened and they stepped up big,” Lion coach Randy Frazier said. “The line picked it up a little bit there at the end. They were bringing eight guys up the middle daring us to throw it and were still able to run it so I feel good about that.
“It’s the way they fought at the end. Colby scored that first one there and I think they thought it was going to be easy,” Frazier added. “Coach Bozeman, their defensive coordinator, I know him well and he dialed up some things that we just weren’t expecting. They brought eight or nine kids sometimes and we didn’t throw the ball like we could have.”
The Lions took an early lead as a bad snap on a punt let to a 25-yard loss for the Raiders and set Pineville up at the McCreary 13. Frazier ran it in on the very next play and Naylor’s kick made it 7-0 with 8:11 to go in the first quarter.
Morris intercepted a deep ball on the next McCreary possession and the first quarter ended with a wild exchange of turnovers.
Reese Capps was intercepted at the Raider 24. The next play McCreary quarterback Ben Trammell was stripped on a scramble and Hagan Teague recovered for the Lions. But Pineville’s first play saw Morris get hit in the backfield and lose a fumble.
Capps came up with an interception on the first play of the second quarter and returned it the Raider 35 but the Lions turned the ball over on downs and the team went into halftime with Pineville still up 7-0.
Capps opened the third quarter with his second interception. He also broke up three passes and had three tackles in the game.
“I told my coaches at the beginning of the year that I really didn’t want to play my starting quarterback on defense. But when a guy plays that well, he’s got to play on defense,” Coach Frazier said. “He did an outstanding job, all of the kids did. They tried to let their quarterback take off and run on our three-front a couple of times and our linebackers came up and made some tackles: Colby Frazier, Landon King, Noah Caldwell, Richard Beverly. I was very proud of the defense.”
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but McCreary ended it on a long drive. Trammell passed to Owens for gains of 15 and 26 yards around a 15-yard penalty against the Lions. Trammell scored on a 5-yard keeper on the first play of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7.
Pineville answered with a seven-play, 59-yard drive. Morris broke a 29-yard run that set up Frazier’s 17-yard touchdown scamper that gave the Lions a13-7 with 8:28 to play.
Though Owens got free to return the following kick for a score, the Lion defense didn’t give up much of anything the rest of the way.
“I love those kids. They were out there hustling. If you look at our defense against Berea and then look at us now, we’ve come 150 miles,” Frazier said. “On the kick return we put some young kids in and I take full responsibility for that. Number two, he’s a heck of an athlete and could play just about anywhere. He got that ball and he went. But our defense held them to seven.”
Frazier led the defense with 12 tackles. Teague added seven while Richard Beverly, Noah Caldwell and Tim Gambrel all had six. Gambrel added a sack, forced a fumble and knocked down three passes at the line of scrimmage.
“It’s great to start out 1-0, but I told the kids that the district is what we’re worried about,” said Frazier. “We played a 3A football team that has a great coaching staff. Coach Ford from Somerset does a great job and they’re improving.”
The Mountain Lions visit Knott County Central on Friday at 7:30 p.m.