Miscues Doom Savage Football in Florence

Florence 28, Lamar 6

On a windy, cool evening in Florence, the Lamar Savage football team was looking to put together a solid performance with three ranked opponents scheduled in the final three weeks. But it didn’t happen as the Savages turned the ball over six times in a 28-6 defeat to the Florence Huskies.

On the first offensive series, senior quarterback Andres Guevara was intercepted by Florence’s Malaki Young. The Savage defense however responded as the Huskies turned the ball over on downs.

The next possession for Savages saw them march in to Florence territory, but a lost fumble on a center-to-quarterback exchange led to the Huskies eventually taking control of the game.

Both defenses stepped up early on, and after the Savages punted deep out of their own territory early in the second quarter, Florence started at the Lamar 46 and mounted a scoring drive as Owen Busetti took a pitch from quarterback Dixon Lawson on the option and ran in for a 12 yard touchdown.

The Savages went three-and-out, and turned the ball over as senior punter Brock Murphy couldn’t cleanly handle the snap and was hit hard by two Huskies. Florence (2-4, 1-1 TPL) recovered the loose ball at the Lamar 5. Three plays later, Lawson took it himself for a score and a 14-0 lead.

Lamar (1-5, 0-2 TPL) responded in the final minutes of the first half by collecting small chunks of yardage. With four seconds left in the half, the Huskies were called for roughing the passer and the ball was placed on the Florence 14. The Savages then dialed up some trickery, as backup quarterback Isaiah Latour took an option pitch from Guevara and looked downfield to throw. Meanwhile, Guevara snuck out to the left and Latour hit him with a pass and Guevara walked into the end-zone with no time left on the clock.

The PAT was partially blocked, but the Savages had positive momentum going into the half, or so it seemed.

In the second half, the Savage offense either punted or turned the ball over. Florence tacked on two more TDs, first when Levi Koonce broke at least four tackles on a 13 yard run with 7:32 left in the third.

A few minutes later, Florence wideout Sean Kelso went in motion across the formation, took the snap and fired a touchdown pass to Koonce to put the Huskies up 28-6.

All in all, it wasn’t the kind of performance the Savages were hoping for as La Junta will come to town for the annual Whistle Game on Friday, October 13 at Savage Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm.

Also in Tri-Peaks League from Friday:

#4 La Junta 45, Manitou Springs 14

#5 Classical Academy 27, #8 Salida 19

7:34 2ND – FLORENCE – Owen Busetti 12 run (Dixon Lawson kick)

3:23 2ND – FLORENCE – Dixon Lawson 3 run (Dixon Lawson kick)

0:00 2ND – LAMAR – Andres Guevara 14 pass from Isaiah Latour (kick failed)

7:32 3RD – FLORENCE – Levi Koonce 13 run (Owen Busetti run)

2:41 3RD – FLORENCE – Levi Koonce 19 pass from Sean Kelso (kick failed)

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