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Southern uses big fourth quarter to defeat Tucker

PARSONS — Austin Spiker rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns as Southern (Md.) earned its first win of the season with a 28-6 victory over Tucker County Friday night at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field at Class of 1984 Alumni Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Rams (1-4) took a 6-0 lead on the first play of the second when Cawaan Clark scampered in for a 9-yard touchdown.

The Mountain Lions (2-5) knotted things up with 5:13 remaining in the opening half when quarterback Ethan Rosenau threw a touchdown pass to Racer Channel on a fourth and 18 play.

Neither team could find the end zone in the third quarter and Southern went back in front with 10:16 remaining in the game when Spiker, who amassed his yards on 25 carries, broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run. Tyler Strawser ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-6.

The Rams, who have won six straight contests against Tucker County, iced the win with 3:01 left to play when Spiker scored on an 11-yard run. Brayden Sloan added the two-point conversion to push the deficit to 22-6.

Southern, which finished with 400 yards on the ground, tacked on a late score with 34 seconds remaining when Clark hit paydirt for his second touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run.

Clark followed Spiker in the rushing department with 80 yards on 17 carries. Sloan chipped in 64 yards on the ground.

Rosenau finished 12 of 29 through the air for 183 yards for the Mountain Lions, who will travel to Gilmer County next Friday.

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