Warriors Drop OT Thriller Despite Cannon’s Historic Night [VIDEO]

The Warriors, playing without star QB J Ben Haynes, fell in heartbreaking fashion, 34-31, to visiting North Hall in a pivotal region contest in Week 7 that was decided in overtime. With Haynes out, Cannon recorded over 250 receiving yards and 3 TD, including scoring twice in the fourth quarter to tie the game both times. The Trojans (3-3; 2-0) got an 18-yd field goal by Luke Brown that was mere inches inside the right upright.

The Warriors (4-2; 0-2) clearly have struggled without their star senior QB, who went down early in the third quarter of the Dawson County loss last week. They lost that one 42-35, and this time losing to North Hall 34-31 to drop 0-2 in region play.

The Warriors took a quick 10-0 lead on an Andrew Pierce 29-yard field goal and a Riley Stancil 41-yd TD pass to Cannon. Just before the close of the first quarter, North Hall, who almost never passes the ball, got a 64-yd TD pass and catch from Bradford Puryear to Ajay Jones. Jones then intercepted a pass from Stancil, which set up a 10-yd TD run by Clark Howell, one of the state’s top rushers.

The Howell TD came midway through the second and gave the Trojans a 14-10 lead. White County responded with a 10-yd TD run by Stancil after he had connected on a huge pass play to Cannon to set it up. The 17-14 Warriors lead held up for a couple of minutes. Brown nailed a 44-yd FG as the horn sounded at the break to tie the game at 17.

North Hall ran over 8 minutes off the clock in the third, and capped it with a Kevin Rochester TD run up the gut to reclaim the lead for the Trojans at 24-17. With just over 8 minutes to play in the final quarter, Stancil threw a quick screen pass to Cannon, who shed a tackle and tight-roped the sideline for a 73-yd TD to knot the game at 24.

The Trojans wouldn’t go quietly, and Puryear escaped a sure sack to find Rochester for an 8-yd TD pass, swinging the lead back in North Hall’s favor at 31-24. One play later, Stancil did the exact same play with Canon, with almost identical results. This time, it was a 77-yd game-tying TD with 3:43 left to play.

The Warriors’ defense held strong and got the ball back, but stalled out around midfield, which forced overtime. White County went first and turned it over on downs when failing to convert a 4th & 1 in which Stancil was brought down behind the line. North Hall was attempting a 27-yd FG, which actually missed wide right, but the Warrior defense jumped offsides on the play. That reset the downs, and North Hall got down to the 1-yd line before Brown’s final field goal gave the Trojans a win. The kick was just inches inside the right upright.

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