The Dillon Wildcats junior varsity team lost a heartbreaker 20-16 in the waning moments of the game.
Dillon’s #28 scored with 4:44 remaining in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
Lumberton’s #3 scored on a 56-yard return of a kickoff with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter to tie the game at 6.
Dillon’s #28 returned the kickoff followed by #2 who carried to Lumberton’s 36-yard line. #25 carried to the Lumberton 30-yard line. A pass completion to #22 placed the football on Lumberton’s 22-yard line. The Wildcats’ #25 carried to the 16-yard line. Dillon’s quarterback, #4, carried to Lumberton’s 2-yard line. However, a penalty moved the ball to Lumberton’s 19-yard line. Dillon’s #2 carried to the 15-yard line followed by the quarterback, #4, who kept for a first down to the 9-yard line. A penalty moved the football to the 4-yard line from where #25 scored the touchdown with 1:24 remaining in the first quarter. Dillon’s #28 carried the pigskin into the end zone for the 2-point conversion to give Dillon a 14-6 lead.
On Lumberton’s next possession, the offense seemed to operate better and began to move the football toward the goal line. With 7;02 remaining in the second quarter, Lumberton’s #3 carried for a 35-yard touchdown. Lumberton’s #4 stopped on thee 2-point conversion attempt. Dillon led 14-12.
Dillon’s offense went to work and managed to carry the football to Lumberton’s 17-yard line. An incomplete pass on fourth down turned the football over to Lumberton with 1:24 remaining in the first half. After Lumberton’s quarterback, #10, was sacked for an 11-yard loss, Lumberton elected to allow the clock to expire ending the first half with Dillon up 14-12.
Lumberton took the opening kickoff in the second half. After a Lumberton punt, Dillon took over on Lumberton’s 45-yard line with great field position. A 15-yard penalty against Lumberton aided the Wildcat offense. However, Dillon could not muster a first down, and Lumberton took over with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter.
Lumberton was forced to punt. The football sailed over the punter’s head, and Dillon got a touchback for 2 points to give Dillon a 16-12 lead with 41.1 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Lumberton kicked from the 20-yard line, and Dillon took over on Lumberton’s 45-yard line. The Wildcats fumbled on the first play from offense, and Lumberton recovered but were forced to punt on fourth down. Dillon took over on Dillon’s own 30-yard line. Dillon moved the football to Lumberton’s 24-yard line but turned the football over on downs.
With 2:56 remaining in the game, Lumberton went to work. A reception to #3 moved the football to Lumberton’s own 48-yard line. A reception to #5 with 1:13 remaining in the game moved the football to Dillon’s 35-yard line. Another reception to #3 moved the football to Dillon’s 10-yard line. With 26.3 seconds remaining in the game, Lumberton’s #3 scored! Lumberton’s #22 converted the 2-point conversion to give Lumberton an 18-16 lead with only seconds remaining on the clock.
A desperation pass was intercepted by Lumberton to end the game. Dillon will travel to Wilson on Thursday, August 31, for a 6:00 p.m. game. Support your team.
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