Strawn claims 5th state championship in program history in 73-28 victory
Wednesday, 15th December 2021 - 2:44PM

Garrett Ross

Behind an impressive performance from the Rigdon brothers, #1 Strawn (15-0) defeated #2 Motley County (14-1) 73-28 to claim the 1A DII State Championship. Freshman Grayson Rigdon put on a show, as he accounts for 426 total yards and 8TDs while earning the Offensive MVP Award.

The Greyhounds were able to force three first half turnovers against Motley County and take a 59-22 lead into halftime. Facing 3rd-and-17 driving towards the end zone, Strawn went up two scores as Grayson Rigdon hit Garcia in the flat and let him rumble for pay dirt. Following the PAT, Strawn led Motley County 22-8.

The Matadors would drive the length of the field, but a fumbled snap at the 1-yard line would result in a turnover and the fourth empty possession for Motley County. Strawn wasted no time capitalizing on the fumble, as Grayson Rigdon broke off a 79-yard touchdown two plays later to put the Greyhounds up 30-8.

Once more Motley County would implode, as they turned the ball over on a fumble. Strawn would score on the next play as Grayson Rigdon found Justin Patton wide open for a 41-yard touchdown.

The score capped off a 36-0 run for Strawn with just over five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Motley County finally got on the board, as Jake Richards broke loose for an 11-yard touchdown run, but they still trailed 36-14.

The momentum was short lived though, as Grayson Rigdon cruised past the Motley County defense for another walk-in touchdown. The score put Strawn back on top by three scores 42-14.

Grayson Rigdon would find the perfect end zone once before halftime. He would burn the Motley County defense on a 47-yard touchdown reception that put the Greyhounds up 59-22 with just over one minute before halftime.

Motley County was able to draw first blood in the first quarter after forcing Strawn to turn the ball over on their opening possession of the game. Stawn’s defense forced a turnover on downs first possession of the game, but Greyhounds would fumble on the following play and Motley County would recover at the Strawn 30-yard line.

The Matadors would turn to Richards on the following play, who weaved his way to the end zone from 30 yards out to put Motley County up 8-0. Not to be outdone, Strawn’s Lorenzo Garcia hit the spin cycle on a Matador defender and walked into the end zone for Strawn, but a missed PAT left the Matadors with the lead 8-6 with 7:07 remaining in the first half.

Motley County’s defense was able to recover a fumble as Strawn’s Garcia bobbled a snap on the Greyhounds second offensive possession of the game. However, the Matadors couldn’t capitalize on the turnover, as they turned the ball over on downs once more.

Strawn took their first lead of the game late in the first quarter, as Grayson Rigdon hit Griff Rigdon on a 46-yard pass for a touchdown to put the Greyhounds up 14-8. The Greyhounds’ defense came up big on the following possession, as Rigdon recovered a fumble to give Strawn the ball yet again.

Coming out of halftime, Strawn would score on a circus play by Grayson Rigdon. Rigdon received a pitch to run, reversed field, then threw a pass to Patton who was all alone behind the Motley County defense for another touchdown that put Strawn up by 36 points 58-22.

Trying to avoid the 45-point mercy rule, Motley County went to their ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Richards. Richards was able to elude defenders and punch it in for the Matadors, but they still trailed 58-28.

The Greyhounds would turn up the tempo on the following possession, which put the Motley County defense on its heels. On first-and-goal from the 2-yard line, Grayson Rigdon pounded it in to put Strawn back on top 66-28 with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Griff Rigdon gave Strawn an opportunity to end the game via the mercy rule, as he came away with a crucial interception and return that set the Greyhounds up in Matador territory. As fitting as you could get, Grayson Rigdon put a stiff arm on a defender to find the end zone.

Strawn would convert on the PAT and secure the state championship 73-28 in three quarters of play. It marked the fifth state championship in program history of the Greyhounds.
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