CATEGORY: FOL High School Football



By Mike Talbert

Daily Journal

CHARLESTON Chris Lockridge, who for most of the season has been the other back in the Shannon backfield, proved he is dangerous Friday.

While the super-quick Charleston defense was keying on quarterback Romaro Miller, Lockridge was getting the ball, and he rushed for 117 yards and scored four touchdowns and a two-point conversion.

But still the Shannon Red Raiders needed some clutch defensive plays in the fourth quarter to outlast the Charleston Tigers 42-33 in the second-round Class 3A Playoff game.

The Red Raiders (10-2) advance to the North Mississippi Class 3A championship game at Water Valley next Friday.

"I was real surprised that I ran the ball that much," Lockridge, a junior, said after his first 100-yard game.

"I just ran behind my linemen, Cory Partlow, Reggie Tucker, Shane Allen, Patrick Ruff and Matt Lindsey. I just followed them all the way."

"He had a great game, and Rashad and Jamie Armstrong (8-139 receiving) both made some great catches," Shannon coach Mike Scott said. "That is the best team speed we faced and they must have given us 25 different looks on defense."

Miller completed 15-of-28 passes for 270 yards and ran for 56 more.

With Lockridge's running and a pair of Miller touchdown passes to Rashad Shannon, the Raiders were able to hold off Charleston, which had a pair of quick running backs of its own. Ryan Buckley had 159 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns running and a third on a pass reception. Dexter Brooks also had 163 yards and two touchdowns.

"They are the quickest, most athletic team we have faced this year," Miller said. "Buckley is a tough back. He may be the best we played this year."

Despite Lockridge's scoring efforts, Shannon couldn't put the game away until late.

After Lockridge's third touchdown on a 16-yard run, Charleston scored a pair of touchdowns of 69 yards by Brooks and 9 yards by Buckley to close the score to 35-33 going into the final period.

Lockridge scored his final touchdown and Kerry Edwards hit his fourth conversion with 9:16 left in the game. Then Shannon blunted two drives, with Ketrick Marion falling on a fumble at the 4-yard line with 3:09 left.

"We gave up a lot of yards, but we stopped them when we needed to," Scott said.

In the first quarter, Shannon spotted the Tigers a 13-0 lead with Buckley scoring first on a 10-yard run. After Brooks kicked the extra point, he scored on the next Tiger possession with a 70-yard draw after breaking three tackles at the line of scrimmage.

Shannon came back with a 77-yard drive. The Raiders went to the ground with Lockridge covering the final 21 yards up the middle, scoring from the 1. He also ran in the two-point conversion.

Charleston gave Shannon a big break when it was waiting for the ball to roll out of bounds on the following kickoff, and Raider defensive back Joseph Thompson fell on it on the 4. Lockridge carried it twice, scoring from the 1 and Shannon took a 14-13 lead.

"That was a big play. It seemed to shift the momentum towards us," Scott said.

In the second quarter the two teams traded touchdowns. First came the 43-yard Shannon reception. Then Mason threw a halfback pass to Buckley for a 17-yard touchdown and Miller answered with a 25-yard pass to Shannon for a 28-19 halftime advantage.

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