Bay suffers overtime loss in Homecoming game
By Stacey Cato
Sep 9, 2017, 00:54
Bay High 2017 Homecoming Queen Kaylen Ott
Every football fan, player, or coach always wants their money's worth for a football game. There was no doubt that the game Friday night at Tank Williams Field in Bay St. Louis provided that opportunity.
The hosting Bay High Tigers lost their fourth consecutive game 40-37 to the Lawrence County Cougars, rallying from a 26-0 depth at halftime, to be inched out on the last play in overtime.
Bay High Coach Ben Foreman said that “the only regret that I told our kids is that we only played two quarters instead of four.”
The last play of the game resulted in Lawrence County pulling down a tipped pass to Kendarious Feazall from Tigers’ stellar athlete Jaylan Wilson.
Foreman said, “I would take Jaylan over anyone in a matchup and it just didn't go our way.”
After finishing the homecoming activities to begin, the Bay High Tigers won the coin toss and chose to receive. Despite receiving the ball close to midfield territory, both teams switched possessions six times in the first quarter and left the scoreboard with no points. Bay High's Jaylan Wilson did nab an interception.
The start of the second quarter marked an early demise for the Tiger defense, as Lawrence County scored 26 unanswered points to end the half with Cougar running back Kaylan Cooper scoring with 7:50 left, Jadarrius Grandberry strolling from 22 yards with 5:39 left, quarterback Jerome Dudley tossing a 43-yard strike to Feazall with 1:36 and Dudley scampering in from five yards with 14 left after a botched Bay High punt left the Cougars with great field position.
That left the halftime score at 26-0.
The Bay High Tigers became reborn as a fighting unit in the second half as top-notch linebacker John Russo recovered a fumble from Lawrence County's punter and ran by to score the first touchdown. No conversion in the extra point to put the score at 26-6.
Next possession, the Cougars didn't have much luck and made a mishap with the punt again, leaving the Tigers in good field position. Wilson and the Tigers took advantage, scampering from 21 yards out with 14 seconds left for another touchdown. Kicker Dawson Kotsakos converted the extra point this time to leave the score after three quarters 26-13.
With momentum swinging towards the Tigers, Cougar special teams had a few good returns. Even though the offense went three and out, they stuffed the Tigers with tough field position offensively.
As the Cougars stacked the line, Bay couldn't break the seal and recorded a safety with 10:24 left in the game, which switched the score briefly to 28-13. Once the Tigers kicked it to Lawrence County's return squad, the special teams brought it back to Bay's 21 yard line and two plays before Grandberry powered through from 15 yards with 9:26 left making the score 34-13.
Bay High soared in the remaining minutes, scoring three quick touchdowns, all in Wilson's hands.
The first on a 13-yard run and 6:44 left, followed by a 15 yard fake bootleg with 3:11 left and finishing with an 18 yard pass to Kaleb Leavens with a minute left. Wilson pass to Russo on the two point conversion tied the score 34-34.
Kotsakos put Bay High on top of the lead for the first time in the game in overtime 37-34, kicking a short field goal before Dudley and the Cougars stole the game on the 4th down tipped pass to Feazall to finish the game 40-37.
Bay High's Jaylan Wilson led all players with 24 carries for 140 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns, followed by throwing 7/13 with 101 yards and a touchdown.
Bay High will play at South Jones next week.