GREAT FALLS — Like the close of an epic championship boxing match, fans demanded a rematch following Lewisville’s 21-20 victory over Great Falls on Friday night.
The two will see each other once again in late October in the regular-season finale in Richburg. Whether round-two will produce the same drama and intensity remains to be seen.
The Chester County rivals went toe-to-toe before Lewisville used a 12-play, 53-yard scoring drive, and a defensive stand with 2:00 remaining to preserve the narrow victory at Great Falls Stadium.
“It was your typical rivalry game,” Lewisville coach Will Mitchell said. “Both teams played hard and Great Falls is very much improved without a doubt. We made our share of mistakes, but dug deep and found a way to win.”
In his first high school start as quarterback, Cody Montgomery competed nine of his first 10 pass attempts and finished 17-of-25 for 213 yards and a touchdown. His lone blemish was on the final play of the first half.
That came when Red Devils cornerback Omar Dean intercepted a pass at the 8-yard line and returned it 90 yards before being caught by Dre Bailey at the 2 as time expired.
“That was huge; it was the difference in the game,” Mitchell said of Bailey’s hustle to prevent Great Falls from taking the lead at the half.
Tied 14-14, the Red Devils seized momentum in the third quarter with a 10-play, 63-yard drive. DC Caldwell put Great Falls ahead, 20-14, with an 8-yard run with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter.
After being stopped in the red zone on its previous possession, Lewisville responded with a 12-play, 53 yard drive midway through the fourth. Bailey capped the drive with a 2-yard run and Christian Laws booted the extra point for the one-point lead.
The Red Devils put themselves in position for the win, driving to the 8-yard line. However, the Lions stopped a fourth-down run with 2:00 remaining, and regained possession to run out the clock.
Their were a combined 39 penalties for 329 yards and also, a fourth-quarter skirmish in the fourth quarter which led to two ejections.
Lewisville 21 Great Falls 20
L — Tony Gaston 11-yard run (Christian Laws kick)
G — Chris Culp 1-yard run (kick failed)
L — Cody Montgomery 22-yard pass to Tony Gaston (Laws kick)
G — Chris Culp 11-yard pass to Jemarcus Culp (Culp run)
G — DC Caldwell 8-yard run (kick failed)
L — Dre Bailey 2-yard run (Laws kick)
RUSHING — Lewisville: Cody Montgomery 4-13, Dre Bailey 14-60, Tony Gaston 7-25, Christian Laws 1-1. Great Falls: Lemarion Craine 11-33, D.C. Caldwell 4-41, Chris Culp 6-15, Hakeem Simpson 2-3, David Jeter 2-4, Omar Dean 3-24, Jemarcus Culp 1-7, Ledarious Blair 2-9, Shyheem Kelly 1-(-16).
PASSING — Lewisville: Cody Montgomer 17-25-1-213. Great Falls: Chris Culp 5-12-0-92.
RECEIVING — Lewisville: Tony Gaston 6-60, Malik McCullough 2-57, Dre Bailey 5-57, Michael Spence 2-19, Christian Cok 2-34, . Great Falls: Jamarcus Culp 3-55, Lemarion Craine 1-25, Omar Dean 1-12.
RECORDS — Lewisville 1-0, Great Falls 0-1.