Special to the Times
Lanier County High School finished its season on Friday night with a 40-12 loss against Clinch County to end the season with a 2-8 record.
The Bulldogs were unable to move the ball through the air with sophomore quarterback James Jenrette. Jenrette threw the ball 17 times while only completing one pass for 22 yards. He added four interceptions to his stat line.
“(Clinch County is) the best secondary we have faced all year,” LCHS head coach Phillip Johnson said. “Throws that (Jenrette) has gotten away with in the past, weren’t going to happen tonight.”
Jenrette had a good night on the ground and carried his team offensively. He ran the ball 14 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
LCHS had seven turnovers in the game.
“We didn’t get many loose balls and they did,” Coach Johnson said. “We had three interceptions in the first half. We drove the ball but at the same time, turnovers killed us. (Protecting the football) is going to be a top priority offensively.”
The Bulldogs had a special teams miscue that led to a touchdown and more mistakes. While punting out of its own endzone, LCHS shanked a punt that the Panthers were able to pick up on the goal line for a touchdown.
“We’ve punted the ball great all year and we haven’t had one block,” Coach Johnson said. “When you play a good team like that, you can’t give them touchdowns and extra possessions. Between the turnovers, the muffed punt, and an onside kick (that CCHS recovered), all in the first half, that’s why you are down 32-6 at half time.”
Despite the low number of wins, Coach Johnson is proud of his players and is looking forward to the program moving forward.
“We are proud of these kids,” Coach Johnson said. “The record is a lot better than it was last year, this program is a lot better than it was last year and we are looking forward to… getting ready for 2014.”