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Southeast explodes with 42-14 win vs. Dogs

By By Josh Taylor/The Meridian Star
Sept. 15, 2001
The Southeast Lauderdale Tigers upped their record to 2-1 on the season as they muscled past the homestanding Clarkdale Bulldogs 42-14 Friday night in prep football action.
The night began with a sober reminder of Tuesday's events as candles were lit throughout the stands and on field at 7.
Fire trucks were parked in the end zone with the Stars and Stripes flying in the background. A prayer was given. The silence didn't last long as the Tigers' high flying offense led a dominating attack on the Bulldogs.
The Tigers scored on the first play of their first possession with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Ben Reed-to-Travis Reed, followed by a successful two-point conversion pass from Reed to Andy Landrum.
The aggressive Tigers defense, led by Matt Raines and Steven Willis, held the Bulldogs scoreless the entire first half.
The Tigers offense powered down the field at the end of the quarter to score off a nine-yard rush from Travis Reed. The following two point conversion rush by Ben Reed was good, leaving the score at 16-0.
Clarkdale opened up the second half with a long 53-yard drive down field, only to turn the ball over on downs.
Southeast's next possession ended in an interception by Bulldog Quinn Moffite. The Tigers right back on a Bulldog fumble that was recovered by LaPatrick Carlisle.
The first half ended with Southeast up 16-0.
The third quarter brought more fireworks as the Tigers started on their own 37 yard line and ended in the endzone.
The drive was scattered with big plays, including a 23-yard rush by Ben Reed, a 16 yard rush from Travis Reed, and a five-yard touchdown rush from Travis Reed with 4:50 left on the clock.
A flubbed extra point left the score at 22-0.
Clarkdale's night didn't get any better as its next possession ended in a punt that was returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Ben Reed. Jan Heyer's extra point attempt was good leaving the score at 29-0 going into the fourth quarter.
Southeast opened up the fourth quarter with a 76 yard pass from Ben Reed to Willie Hood to set the Tigers on the Bulldog's 14 yard line.
Tiger Carlos Larkin powered the ball into the endzone on a three yard touchdown rush.
After extra point attempt failed, and the score stood at 35-0.
The Bulldogs would not be shut out as they bounced back after the touchdown with an 85-kickoff return by Larry Lewis for a touchdown. The following two-point conversion pass from Justin Culpepper to Quinn Moffite made the score 35-8.
The Tigers answered with a 75-yard kickoff return on the legs of Roderick Baskin for a touchdown. A successful extra point left the score at 42-8.
The Bulldogs put together a 78-yard touchdown drive, ending in a two-yard touchdown rush from by Moffite with 6:09 left on the clock.
The drive included an 18 yard rush from Alvin Moffite and a 28 yard rush from Larry Lewis.
An unsuccessful two point conversion left the final score standing at 42-14.
Southeast's Ben Reed racked up an impressive 274 yards of total offense while Travis Reed put up 138 yards of total offense.
Bulldog Larry Lewis put up 119 yards of total offense.
The Tigers look ahead to their first district game next week at Carthage, while the Bulldogs will be traveling to Seminary. Both teams now stand at 2-1.
Josh Taylor is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. You can call him at 693-1551, ext. 3234 or e-mail him at jtaylor@themeridianstar.com.

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