Huffman downs LC-M to nab fourth spot
HUFFMAN – Little Cypress-Mauriceville got what it wanted from its great running game but three turnovers and untimely penalties proved too costly as the Battlin’ Bears fell to Huffman 45-35 Friday night as the Falcons sealed their eighth straight playoff berth.
The Bears (3-7, 2-4) outgained the Falcons (6-4, 4-2) 444-336 and they had 366 yards on the ground but the turnovers eventually led to 17 Falcon points plus LC-M saw a 65-yard touchdown run by Sam King negated due to a penalty.
Chris Winters led the LC-M ground game with 112 yards on eight carries. Fullback J’Lon Douglas had 102 yards on 21 totes. David Webb finished with 85 yards on 10 carries while Sam King had 69 yards on 12 carries.
King’s yardage pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season as he finished with 1,047 yards. Douglas finished with 983 yards while Winter had 669.
Bear quarterback Beau Bickham returned from injury to complete 7-of-11 passes for 78 yards and a TD.
Huffman quarterback Cody Gaitan completed 18-of-28 passes for 211 yards two TDs while running back Camron Mcmahan had 124 yards and two TDs on 18 carries.
Mcmahan pushed Huffman up 45-28 when he darted 33 yards for a
touchdown with 7:20 remaining.
The Bears made it 45-35 with 0:35 remaining when Bickham hit tight end
Mitchell Lee on a seven-yard touchdown pass.
LC-M trimmed it to 38-28 when Webb broke loose after a broken play in
the backfield and took it 32 yards for the score with 8:26 remaining
to finish off a five-play, 55-yard drive.
The Falcons went up 38-21 with 10:48 left in the game when Gaitain
found Lundy over the niddle for a 25-yard touchdown to finish off a
11-play, 80-yard drive after the Falcons got an interception to get
the march going.
Huffman went up 31-21 when Gaitan engineered a 12-play, 76-yard
scoring march. Gaitan completed five passes for 45 yards and receiver
Trey Lundy finished it off with a nine-yard touchdown on an end-around
with 5:51 left in the third.
LC-M pulled to within 24-21 on its first series of the second half by
going 55 yards in just five plays.
David Webb carried twice for 21 yards. King broke loose on a 23-yard
gallop and Winters finished it off with his third touchdown, zipping
into the end zone from eight yards out.
The Bears controlled the ball and the total yardage in the first half,
thanks to two long touchdown runs by Winters, but found themselves
still down 24-14 after a pair of costly turnovers.
LC-M outgained the Falcons 221-138 in the first 24 minutes but Huffman
scored 10 points off Bear miscues.
The Bears recovered the opening kickoff after a nice pooch kick that
the Falcons could not handle at the Huffman 43.
Th Bears moved the ball on the ground all the way to the Falcon 19 but
a pair of holding calls set them back and Beau Bickham’s pass fell
incomplete on fourth-and-22 from the 32.
The Falcons zipped 68 yards in 12 plays to find the end zone on their
first series. Gaitan hit Trey Lundy on a 18-yard pass. Camron Mcmahan
got loose on a 23-yard run and the sophomore running back finished it
off with a four-yard touchdown blast as the Falcons snared a 7-0 edge
with 3:44 left in the first quarter.
The Bears responded nicely when they got the ball as they out together
a eight-play, 76-yard touchdown drive.
Bickham connected with receiver Isaiah Reagins on two passes that went
for a total of 27 yards and tailback Winters answered the bell
big-time, cutting to the left and racing 35 yards for the touchdown on
the first play of the second quarter to make it 7-7.
Huffman promptly followed up with a seven-play, 45-yard scoring drive.
Gaitan capped it with a 21-yard touchdown dart to receiver Dylan
Lorfing to up the margin to 14-7.
The Bears managed to get from their own 45 all the way down to the
Falcon 16 but Bear back Sam King fumbled at the 17 and Falcon Blake
Boss snagged the ball and went 83 yards to other way for the score to
push the Falcons up 21-7.
LC-M bounced back well when Winters cut loose again, shredding through
the Falcons’ defense for a 53-yard touchdown jaunt to pull the Bears
to within 21-14 with 3:51 left in the half.
The Bears’ second first-half turnover costed them three points at the
end of the half.
Huffman defensive lineman Jacob Bryan fell on a Bear fumble after a
bad excange at the LC-M 15 with 1:20 in the half.
The Falcons got all the way to the Bear 1 but Gaitan was stuffed for a
three-yard loss and the Falcons settled for a Caden Cotter 21-yard
field goal on the last play of the half.
Winters had three carries for 85 yards in the half. Bear fullback
J’Lon Douglas had 52 yards on 12 carries while Bickham completed
3-of-4 passes for 40 yards.
Gaitain was just 6-of-13 for 74 yards in the half while Mcmahan had 59
yards on 11 carries.
Huff 7 17 7 14— 45
LC-M 0 14 7 14 —35
Huffman: Camron Mcmahan 4 run. Caden Cotter kick.
LC-M: Chris Winters 35 run. Tyler Brown kick.
Huffman: Dylan Lorfing 21 pass from Cody Gaitan. Cotter kick.
Huffman: Blake Boss 83 fumble return. Cotter kick.
LC-M: Winters 53 run. Brown kick.
Huffman: Cotter 21 field goal.
LC-M: Winters 8 run. Brown kick.
Huffman: Trey Lundy 9 run. Cotter kick.
Huffman: Lundy 25 pass from Gaitan. Cotter kick.
LC-M: David Webb 32 run. Brown kick.
Huffman: Mcmahan 33 run. Cotter kick.
LC-M: Mitchell Lee 7 pass from Beau Bickham. Brown kick.
First downs 18 24
Rushes-yards 26-135 58-366
Passing 211 78
Comp-Att-Int 18-28-0 7-12-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 6-59 7-86
Rushing: LC-M, Chris Winters 8-112, J’Lon Douglas 21-102, David Webb
10-85, Sam King 12-69, Kane Williams 2-2, Beau Bickham 5-(-4);
Huffman, Camron McMahan 18-124, Trey Lundy 2-13, Cody Gaitan 4-11,
Dylan Lorfing 1-1, Team 1-(-14).
Passing: LC-M, Beau Bickham 7-11-1 78, Chris Winters 0-1-0 0; Huffman,
Cody Gaitan 18-28-0 211.
Receiving: LC-M, Isaiah Reagins 2-27, J’Lon Douglas 2-33, Mitchell Lee
1-7, David Webb 1-4; Huffman, Lane Shively 6-75, Trey Lundy 5-77,
Dylan Lorfing 4-41, Cameron Mcmahan 1-8, Noah Thomas 1-4.