Dragons overcome first half miscues to win third straight against Cedarville.
The Mountainburg Dragons finally got its ground attack going in the second half on Friday night.
When they did, the Dragons won the Crawford County Treasure Chest for the third straight season with a 26-12 win over rival Cedarville at Glen Wisely Field.
Mountainburg’s seniors became the first senior class to sweep its northern Crawford County rival since the senior class of 2012, which won in 2011, 2010 and 2009.
“They talked about that at the pep rally,” Mountainburg head coach Tom Harrell said. “I hadn’t really thought about it until they mentioned it. They’re happy. I’m happy.”
Friday, it took awhile for Mountainburg to start cranking.
Tied 6-6 at the half and 12-12 after three quarters, Mountainburg scored on a 39-yard jaunt by Jesse Quick on a third-and-20 run around the right side. Caleb Jorgenson added the two-point run, and Mountainburg led 20-12 with 11: 52 left.
Quick had a 19-yard run early in the drive, and quarterback Robert Roxin added a 14-yard run.
After holding Cedarville on fourth down at Mountainburg’s 21, Mountainburg took off again.
The Dragons needed just eight plays for the clinching score. Roxin started the drive with a 12-yard run, Austin Taylor ran for 39 yards, and Roxin completed a 16-yard pass to Connor Rogers to put Dillon Jones in position for a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:58 left.
The extra point was blocked, but Mountainburg had a 26-12 lead.
Mountainburg had 268 yards in the first half after having just 102 at the half. Mountainburg also had 60 yards of penalties, which helped stymie the Dragons in the first half.
“We shot ourselves in the foot in the first half, and we missed an extra point, and the fumble killed us,” Harrell said. “Late in the game, we did a better job of getting to the edge. I’m proud of them. We were fortunate to come out that way.”
Tied at the half with one score each, Mountainburg’s Colton Robbins recovered a fumble and the Dragons scored three plays later on Dillon Jones’ 11-yard run.
Cedarville also took advantage of a turnover to tie the game.
Dylan Murry recovered a fumble, and workhorse fullback Tate Larue powered across from a yard out with 1:59 left in the third quarter to force a 12-12 tie. Larue carried all seven plays on the drive for all 36 yards.
Cedarville scored on the opening possession, going 63 yards.
Cedarville quarterback Keaton Crowley hit Murray on a quick-hitter across the middle for 40 yards on fourth and 10. Cedarville’s run failed, but Cedarville led 6-0 just 3:22 into the game.
Mountainburg tied it just before the half on a 15-play drive and converting a pair of fourth downs. Roxin converted the last one with a 10-yard touchdown run on fourth and five, faking a handoff on a sweep to the left before spinning and running to his right into the end zone. Mountainburg also failed on a two-point run, leaving the score at 6-6.
Larue led Cedarville with 22 carries for 134 yards.
Quick led Mountainburg with six totes for 129 yards.