ELKMONT — Lauderdale County racked up almost 600 rushing yards while its defense forced eight turnovers in a 57-14 road win over Elkmont on Friday.
LCHS led just 20-14 before reeling off 30 third-quarter points to improve to 8-1 on the season and 6-1 in Class 3A Region 8 play.
Quarterback Samuel Grisham rushed 10 times for 228 yards while CJ Jackson added a trio of touchdowns for the Tigers.
Elkmont (2-7) struck first, using an offensive that didn’t attempt a rush until the 10:42 mark of the second quarter. Quarterback Bryant Wales found Matthew Barnes for an 11-yard touchdown with 9:54 remaining in the opening quarter.
Lauderdale County answered with 20 straight points. Grisham scored on the second play from scrimmage with a 71-yard scamper to tie the game at 7. After an interception gave LCHS a short field to work with, a 60-yard touchdown run by Grisham gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers totaled six interceptions, including a pick-six by Brian Puckett early in the second quarter. The failed PAT left the score at 20-7 at the half.
Elkmont again struck first in the third quarter, capping a four-play, 45-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Wales to Rhett Bailey. The score on the opening possession of the half cut the lead to 20-14 before the Tigers answered with four touchdowns in the next 7:34 to take control of the game.
Jackson scored the first of his three third-quarter scores on a 4-yard run. The 2-point conversion made the score 28-14 with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Jackson’s touchdown runs of 12 yards and 1-yard followed by a 40-yard touchdown by Grisham made the score 50-14 heading into the fourth quarter. DJ Simmons closed out the scoring for LCHS with a tackle-breaking 43-yarder up the middle.