If it weren’t for bad luck, the Southwestern High School Warriors might have any no luck at all. On Thursday night, Southwestern fell to North Laurel High School on the road by a score of 21-14.
With the North Laurel High School play clock inoperable for all of the second half, Southwestern found themselves down 21-14 at the Jaguars’ 4-yard line with a chance to tie the game, or win the game with a 2-point conversion.
By most accounts, about 15 seconds was left to play in the game. But after a pass interference infraction in the end zone against North Laurel and a Warrior incomplete pass, the officials – who were the only ones who knew how much time was left in the game – signaled that time had expired and the Warriors had dropped their sixth straight game of the season.
At the beginning of the final quarter, Southwestern drove the ball the length of the field, only to cough it up at North Laurel’s 4-yard line. The Jaguars took advantage of the Warriors’ misfortune, and drove the ball back up the length of the field the other way and scored off a Gabe Blair 15-yard run with 2:47 left in the game to go up 21-14.
The Warriors put the first points on the board with 7:09 in the first quarter when Brandon Pruitt threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Branson Patterson. After a missed PAT, the Warriors led 6-0.
North Laurel’s Blair scored two unanswered TDs – 21 yards and 2 yards – in the second quarter to give the Jaguars a 14-6 lead at halftime.
Late in the third quarter, Southwestern tied the game at 14-14 when Logan Campisano scored from 3 yards out and Devon Baker ran into the end zone on the 2-point conversion.
For the game, Southwestern had 344 yards of total offense to North Laurel’s 271 yards.
The Warriors were massive in their rushing game with 332 yards on the ground and two running backs gaining over 100 yards each. Campisano had 190 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown. Skylar Stigall gained 131 yards on the ground on 13 carries.
Freshman QB Brandon Pruitt – in his first varsity start behind center – completed 2 passes on 4 attempts for 12 yards and had a touchdown pass.
Look for the complete game story in Saturday’s Sports section.