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Mustangs fall short against Lithonia

By Ira Kirkpatrick

Special to the Daily

Lithonia took advantage of excellent field position and a spectacular kickoff return to throttle a determined Morrow team 12-7 Saturday night at Tara.

Incredibly, the Bulldogs began six of their eight drives in Mustang territory with the average starting position the Morrow 44. The teams played the entire first half on the Mustang side of the field.

Defenses dominated the first half as both teams seemed determined to keep the ball on the ground. Lithonia drove 49 yards in 10 plays with quarterback Deante Lamar scoring on a 5-yard bootleg around right end early in the second period. Mustang defensive back Paul Douville denied the visitors a second touchdown when he intercepted in the end zone on the last play of the half.

Lamar opened the third quarter with a 93-yard kickoff return that ultimately proved to be the game-winner. Down 12-0, the Mustangs clawed their way back into the game with a 14-play drive that consumed most of the third quarter. Sophomore quarterback Demetrius Williams converted two fourth downs along the way. Claude Williams, who led Morrow with 75 yards rushing, carried the ball the last 13 for the touchdown. Terez McClarity make the conversion to cut the lead to 12-7.

The momentum quickly swung back to Lithonia.

Bulldog running backs Kerry Campbell and Herbert Lewis alternated carries, taking their team to the Morrow 18. Mustang defensive tackle Mario Gates ended the threat with a fumble recovery, but Morrow could not capitalize on the mistake and had to punt.

Douville's second interception with 3:10 remaining gave the Mustangs one final chance to pull out a win. An incompletion on fourth down ended the comeback attempt.