RICHBURG — The momentum swing was pointing toward the Lewisville Lions, who had rallied to cut a 21-0 deficit to eight points early in the fourth quarter against rival Great Falls on Friday night.
Having scored on its previous two possessions, the Lions were ready to build on that momentum by holding the Red Devils on a crucial fourth down play.
But Great Falls immediately stole that thunder with a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Culp to Jemarcus Culp with 5:13 remaining which was enough for Great Falls to clinch the second seed in Region 3-A with a 28-13 victory at the Lewisville Stadium.
We felt we had that all game long, Great Falls coach Ken Schofield said about the game-clinching score. Jemarcus is a great receiver and Chris is a good quarterback. Our offensive line blocked well as they have throughout the game.
Lewisville (5-5, 1-3 in region play) fell behind 21-0 at the half after Jemarcus Culp fell on a fumble in the end zone with 1:48 remaining in the second quarter.
The Lions caught fire with Dre Bailey capping a 12-play, 78-yard drive with a 5-yard run with 7:32 remaining in the third. On the next possession, Tony Gaston completed a 36-yard scoring pass to Christian Cok.
Lewisville defense appeared to gain energy and force Great Falls into punting situations. However, the Culp-to-Culp combination allowed the Red Devils (5-5 and 3-1) to prevail and earn second place in the league standings.
Both teams will be in playoff action next week with Great Falls competing on the Class-A Division-II level and Lewisville in Division-I action.