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November 17, 2013

Lange saves SHS in overtime thriller

Jumpers win at Middlesboro in Class 2A playoffs to reach regional title tilt at Prestonsburg


Middlesboro, Ky. —

It was Somerset’s turn to try to score. Will Lange, who has been out for virtually all season took the ball to the 1, then took it to the house.
It was his first touchdown of the season.
 It is arguably the most important touchdown any of the Jumpers have scored all season, and propelled the team to the 19-13 win.
“It was what you would expect between two teams,” Robbie Lucas said. “Middlesboro played a heckuvva game. I think it was two teams that didn’t want to go home, and it took the overtime to get everything done. Hats off to Middlesboro. Those kids played their hearts out and they played as hard as they possibly could. They made plays when they had to make plays. We were just fortunate enough to make one more.”
The win gave the Briar Jumpers the right to play in the Regional championship next Friday night at Prestonsburg.
 “We don’t know a lot about Prestonsburg right now,” Lucas said. “I know we’ll get a look at them, but I know they’ve got to be a quality team.”
But getting ready for the next game has to take back seat for a little rest and relaxation. The Jumpers and their following faithful have earned the right to take stock of where they are and the adversity it has taken to get here.
And maybe next week, they will get the opportunity to play one more ball game.
“The opportunity to coach these young men for another 48 minutes means a heckuvva lot to me,” Lucas said.
The Briar Jumpers have lost 4 games this season. That’s a lot by Briar Jumper standards, but it seems the guys on the field have gotten the gist of another of those quotes attributed to the Bear:

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