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NL loses heartbreaker to No. 6 Lynnville-Sully

Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: Dana Royer Keontae Luckett defends a pass intended for Carson Dunsberger.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

NEW LONDON — It had everything a showcase district game could ask for; a harsh playing field due to the weather, a second half comeback and a game-changing play that stole victory out of the hands of defeat.

Unfortunately for New London, that game-changing play went in favor of No. 6 Lynnville-Sully. The Eagles stole back Friday night’s undefeated showdown on a 50-yard fumble return touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Tigers led 14-13 before that fateful play but ended up falling 20-14.

New London battled back from a 13-0 deficit in the first half. With the offense struggling during a rainy and wet first half, the defense kept the team within two scores.

Junior quarterback Isaac McSorley led the squad back in the third period. He connected with Keontae Luckett on a long touchdown pass to cut the lead to 13-6, and used his feet to get in on a quarterback sneak later in the period. Luckett scored the two-point conversion and New London had a 14-13 lead, and a playoff spot in sight.

New London had the ball in Eagle territory but a botched snap led to a 50-yard fumble return for Lynnville-Sully’s Sage Zylstra, who wound up in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

It was one of four Tiger turnovers that led to a Lynnville-Sully win and, in all likelyhood, a district championship. The Eagles also had three interceptions in the game, compared to two for New London.

The Tigers fell to 5-1 overall with the loss and 3-1 in district play. They will have another opportunity to grab a playoff spot next Friday when they take on Pekin. The Panthers are another one-loss team who suffered their only defeat at the hands of Lynnville-Sully.

After next week’s game, New London will face a so-far winless Winfield-Mt. Union squad and Pekin has a bye, meaning the contest is as close to a playoff game as it could get.

The winner of next week’s showdown in Packwood will very likely get the second automatic bid from Class A District 6, but an at-large berth is still a possibility for the loser. That contest will begin at 7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 13.

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