Crossville takes loss against  5A, Region 7 rival Sardis

Crossville’s Jadyn Heflin (3) stiff-arms a Sardis defender as he carries the ball during a Class 5A, Region 7 game on Friday night.

The Sardis varsity football team broke a 20-game losing streak by beating Crossville 44-22 on Friday night in a Class 5A, Region 7 battle of the Lions.

Sardis posted its first victory since shutting out Crossville 28-0 on Oct. 18, 2019. The Lions lost their final three games of the 2019 season and then finished 0-10 in 2020. Sardis improves to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the Region 7 standings.

With the loss, Crossville dropped to 0-7, 0-5.

Sardis never trailed Friday night at Crossville Memorial Stadium. Kane Lawson’s 8-yard touchdown run gave head coach Gene Hill’s team a 6-0 first-quarter advantage.

Logan Edwards’ 3-yard TD run, followed by Lawson’s 2-point conversion, extended Sardis’ margin to 14-0.

Crossville found the scoreboard on Antonio Quintana’s 2-yard TD run in the second quarter. The Lions made the 2-point conversion, trimming it to 14-8.

Sardis answered with its final TD of the opening half, which came on Lawson’s 3-yard run. Brody Samples passed to Derek Tarvin for two points and a 22-8 cushion.

Crossville answered before halftime, as Jadyn Heflin connected with Keajuan Hatley on a TD pass with 18.7 seconds left. The two-point conversion failed.

Max Feemster’s fumble recovery just 54 seconds into the third quarter gave Sardis’ offense excellent field position. The Lions cashed in the turnover on Samples’ 1-yard run at the 9:49 mark. He passed to Kason Moore for two points, pushing Sardis’ lead to 30-14.

Quintana returned the kickoff to Sardis’ 41-yard line. On fourth-and-16, backup quarterback Caleb Causey heaved a 35-yard TD pass to Kolby Lesley down the middle of the field with 7:18 on the clock. Griffin Hefner bulled his way into the end zone for two points, cutting it to 30-22.

Sardis recaptured the momentum on the ensuing kickoff, as Spencer Maroney returned it 67 yards for a touchdown. Samples threw to Eli Morton for two points, and Sardis led 38-22 with 7:04 on the clock.

Samples ran for Sardis’ final TD of the night with 2:58 remaining in the third. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.

The teams combined for seven turnovers in the fourth quarter.

Lesley and Hatley both grabbed an interception for Crossville, and Javier Juan recovered a fumble in mid-air.

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