Penalties Pull Plug On Raider Rally Attempt

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Penalties Pull Plug On Raider Rally Attempt

In their final home game of the season, Spring Hill came up just short against Lipscomb Academy. The Mustangs topped the Raiders 35-28. The loss extended Spring Hill’s currently losing streak to 4 straight games.

The Raiders opened scoring on the legs of Tylin Oden and Noah Williams. Oden would finish the drive with a 5-yard draw for a Raider touchdown. Lipscomb would respond on the ensuing drive to tie the game at 7. The Raiders would take to the air, as Oden found Darrin Johnson from 16 yards out for another Spring Hill touchdown, giving Spring Hill a 13-7 lead. Lipscomb would again respond, taking a 14-13 lead into the second quarter.

The Raiders responded in kind once again, going back to the ground game. Dontae Smith’s 28-yard touchdown run and a Zach Frye 2-point conversion gave Spring Hill the 21-14 lead. Lipscomb would throw another touchdown the pass to tie the game at 21 going into the locker room.

Lipscomb opened the second half with a sustained drive to retake the lead. The Mustangs would manage a stop and scored another touchdown to take a two touchdown lead. Spring Hill would respond by taking to the air again, finishing with a 3-yard swing pass from Oden to Dontae Smith to half the Mustang advantage. On the ensuing drive, the Raiders forced a Mustang fumble and took over on the Lipscomb 23-yard line. Oden would connect with his brother Justin for the game-tying touchdown, but would be called back on a Raider penalty. Two plays later, Oden would be intercepted in the endzone, ending the Raiders’ comeback attempt.

The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-7, 1-3 in Region 4-4A. Next week, the Raiders travel to Lawrence County in their final regional contest of the year. A win sends Spring Hill to the playoff, whereas a loss puts the Raiders’ playoff hopes in the balance of Giles County versus Tullahoma.


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