Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 31, 2013

Bulldog Bite: Lawrence rushes for more than 500 yards

MacKenzie Bates

MOREHEAD — The yards on the ground just kept coming for Lawrence County.

The Bulldogs totaled 502 yards rushing and had three players with more than 100 of them as Lawrence County defeated Rowan County 50-27 in Morehead.

Senior running back Derek Ferguson had 134 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard run on the first play in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs (2-0). Quarterback A.J. Cyrus continued his tear with 130 yards and two scores of his own, Cameron Little finished 124 yards and a touchdown. Ricky Goble had 88 yards and two touchdowns.

“We showed were not just a (one trick pony),” Lawrence County coach Joey Cecil said. “We can spread the field with Derek and I felt Cameron Little stepped up. A.J. and Ricky are our main guys. … It’s going to be tough to defend us.”

On the third play of Lawrence’s opening drive, Cyrus broke free of a few tackles for a 46-yard dash for his first touchdown. He did the same thing in the third quarter on a 43-yard run.

“It’s huge for us,” Cyrus said. “When we can break of big runs, it gets our fans and our teammates pumped up.”

The Vikings (0-2) gave up 50 points for the second straight week after falling to George Rogers Clark 58-13 a week ago.

“We’ve faced two very potent offenses in the past two weeks,” Rowan County coach Kyle Singleton said. “Lawrence County is going to put up a bunch of numbers on a lot of folks. …They run the option really well and have a lot of weapons to hurt you with.”

After Cyrus scored in the first quarter, Rowan County had a new face at running back in senior Isaac Lee, who took handoffs for the first time in his career. He had eight carries for 56 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Rowan County took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter after a Bulldog turnover deep in Viking territory. After a Michael Lambert rush, sophomore quarterback Devin Helvey had a 1-yard touchdown run.

But any momentum Rowan County had was taken away quickly. Little had a 53-yard run for a touchdown, Goble scored after a turnover and Lawrence never looked back.

“Our kids played well to an extent,” Singleton said. “We couldn’t manage to get the big play and get the big stop.”

Rowan County got scores from Lambert in the third on a five-yard run and Helvey, who had 111 yards on the ground, scored from 20 yards out in the fourth quarter.

But the night belonged to the Bulldogs.

“I’m proud of my kids,” Cecil said. “They deserve all of the success they are earning this early.”