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Piedmont comes back to claim 3A State Title

Brant Berry | PrepsNet


Auburn, AL – The Piedmont Bulldogs claimed their fourth blue map Thursday afternoon in Jordan-Hare Stadium.  The Dogs scored with less than a minute remaining to claim a 26-24 victory over the Mobile Christian Leopards in the second game of the 2019 Super 7 Championships in Auburn. 

Piedmont quarterback Jackson Hayes completed 13-of-29 passes for 204 yards and a pair of scores through the air while running for 107 yards on 26 attempts and two touchdowns on the ground in route to the games Most Valuable Player Award.  

Chandler Jacks capped the Leopards opening drive splitting the uprights from 27 yards out  putting Mobile Christian on the board just a tick over a minute into the contest.  Early in the second quarter Nicholas Ellis hauled in an 85 yard Kason Lincke pass to extend the Leopard lead to 10 heading into the break.

 

Midway through the third, Hayes put Piedmont on the board scampering in from inside the Mobile Christian five.  Five minutes later Leopard running back Deontae Lawson retuned the favor bolting in for a 2 yard run of his own cutting the MCS lead to 17-7 heading into the final stanza.  

Steve Smith’s Bulldogs began their comeback 0:15 seconds into the fourth as Austin Estes snagged a Hayes pass and streaked 81 yards into the endzone.  Hayes called his own number three minutes later scoring on a three yard run.  

Deontae Lawson capped a nine play, 57 yard drive on the Leopards next possession putting Mobile Christian up buy a score with just over three minutes to play.  

Hayes heroics continued late as he lead the Bulldogs on an 11 play 66 yard drive culminating in a 27 yard scoring strike to Jakari Foster putting Piedmont up by six with 0:35 seconds remaining on the Jordan-Hare scoreboard.  

Mobile Christian capped head coach Ronny Cottrell’s fourth season at Mobile Christian at 9-5, securing MCS’ fifth straight season with at least nine wins.  

Piedmont closed out 2019 at 14-1, claiming their fifth consecutive region crown, the program’s eighth since Steve Smith took over the Bulldog program in 2006.