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Warren County rallies to edge Louisburg
WARRENTON -- In the estimation of Coach Chris Lee, the Louisburg Warriors simply couldn’t finish the deal during last Friday’s non-conference road football event at Warren County.

Leading by 16 points in the fourth quarter, Louisburg saw the Eagles rally for a trio of touchdowns to pull off a 42-36 decision.

Now 3-3 overall, the Warriors will open their Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference worksheet this Friday night at Southeast Halifax.

Louisburg was well on its way to heading into TRAC action on a winning note as the Warriors broke a 20-20 tie in the second half with a pair of unanswered touchdowns.

Warren County responded with a pair of scores, but still trailed in the closing minutes.

LHS aided its cause by recovering an onsides kick. The Warriors, however, quickly went three-and-out before punting the ball back to the Eagles.

Warren County needed to go 75 yards with little time to spare, but the Eagles got the job done and scored the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining.

Lee indicated that the Warriors had a chance to blow the game open in the first half, but turned the ball over twice in the red zone.

In the dying seconds of the half, LHS moved all the way to the Warren County 1, but were stopped on downs.

Still, the Warriors took a 20-12 cushion into the break, only to see the Eagles quickly tie the score early in the third stanza.

Louisburg appeared to take control of the outing with back-to-back scores, but Warren County would eventually rally to take the hard-fought conquest.

“You can talk all you want about the fourth quarter, but we really lost the game because we could have had a much bigger lead in the first half,’’ Lee said. “We didn’t put (Warren County) away when we had the chance. We let them hang around, and they got some momentum to get back into it.’’

Louisburg had a strong night on the ground, led by Derrick Smith with 120 yards and three touchdowns on 20 attempts.

Nick McCalston chipped in with 90 yards on 14 carries and Jeru Debose contributed 85 yards and two scores on 16 totes.

Lee and Company will look to bounce back this Friday at Southeast, which will carry a 4-2 mark into the league opener.

“Southeast Halifax likes to run the ball,’’ Lee said. “They have athletes all over the field and an all-state returnee at running back. We will have to play well, and we are pretty banged up right now.’’

LHS standout running back/linebacker Antonio Smith missed last Friday’s outing with an injury. Lee said that Smith is questionable for this Friday’s event.

Southeast has been scoring at will over the first half of the season and is currently averaging 29 points per game.

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