Cavaliers fall at St. Pauls
Southern Lee, playing its third consecutive road game, dropped a 36-31 decision to St. Pauls on Friday night.
Southern Lee (1-2) scored on its first possession. The Cavaliers held St. Pauls to one yard on its initial possession and Southern Lee got the ball at the St. Pauls 40. The Cavaliers picked up two first downs before their drive stalled and Ethan Helsman kicked a 32-yard field goal for a 3-0 Southern Lee lead with 8:41 to play in the opening quarter.
The next Cavalier possession, starting from the Cav 7-yard line after a Bulldog punt, wound up as a Bulldog safety, making Southern Lee’s lead 3-2.
St. Pauls got the ball back and, following a 48-yard pass play, scored on a 1-yard run. The extra point kick failed, giving the Bulldogs an 8-3 lead with five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Southern Lee took the ensuing kickoff and drove down the field to score on a 12-yard pass from Emond Caldwell to Aaron Blockmon. The extra point kick was blocked, giving the Cavs a 9-8 lead with 2:10 to play in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, St. Pauls got a Southern Lee punt at its own 11 and drove down the field to score on a 4-yard run by quarterback Malik Livingston, who also completed a two-point pass conversion for a 16-9 St. Pauls lead with 5:58 remaining.
Southern Lee scored late in the first half on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Caldwell to Blockmon. The extra point kick was blocked, leaving St. Pauls with a 16-15 lead.
The Cavaliers came back to take the lead on a Monte McLean run with 4:53 to play in the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Southern Lee with a 21-16 advantage.
St. Pauls reclaimed the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter on an 85-yard touchdown pass from Livingston to Charles Walters. The two-point conversion was successful to give the Bulldogs a 24-21 lead.
Southern Lee came right back, thanks to a long kickoff return by Conner Showalter. Blockmon’s third touchdown reception of the night and Helsman’s extra point kick gave the Cavaliers a 28-24 lead with 11:13 to play in the game.
St. Pauls answered immediately on a long kickoff return to the Cavalier 46, then Livingston scored from 46 yards out with 10:54 remaining. The extra point kick was blocked, giving the Bulldogs a 30-28 advantage.
Southern Lee responded by driving down the field and taking the lead on a Helsman 36-yard field goal with 8:12 to play. That made the score 31-30 Cavaliers.
St. Pauls had a fourth-down play at the Cavalier 15 and scored on a touchdown pass with 2:45 to play. The two-point pass failed to give the Bulldogs the 36-31 lead.
Southern Lee got the ball but had a pass intercepted by St. Pauls, which ran out the clock to secure the victory.
Southern Lee will host Triton in the Cavaliers’ home opener next Friday.
St. Pauls (2-1) visits West Bladen next Friday.