CARMI -- Justin Lamp’s interception inside the 10 yard line with 3 minutes, 21 seconds to go helped Carmi-White County hold on for 13-6 Black Diamond Conference win over visiting Chester Friday.
The Yellow Jackets (3-3) were threatening to steal a win away from the homestanding Bulldogs (5-1) despite having just 124 yards of total offense and 85 yards in penalties in the game, which was played on a wet field and delayed by 45 minutes at the start due to lightning.
With momentum clearly on their side, the Jackets had driven to the Carmi 8 with just under 4:00 to go, but a personal foul penalty set them back to the 22. On the next play, Lamp intercepted Chester sophomore QB Nick Meyer at the 7.
Carmi, though, was unable to run out the clock and had to punt after a quick three-and-out. The Jackets got the ball back at the Carmi 36 with 2:28 left on the clock, but could manage only seven-yard loss on a run play and three straight incompletions. The Bulldogs picked up a first down on a pair of runs by Wyatt Weinbrecht, then took a knee to clinch the win.
Penalties were very costly to the Yellow Jackets, who had a touchdown called back on a block in the back in the first half, and had four personal fouls whistled against them (and another that was declined).
Turnovers also played a role in the Jackets’ downfall.
An interception by Carmi’s Tyler “Tommy” Thompson led to the Bulldogs’ first score, a 25-yard pass play from quarterback Jake Simon to Lamp with just under a minute to go before halftime.
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Chester, though, marched 40 yards in just four plays and got a six-yard touchdown run from Chris Lang to make it 7-6 at halftime.
Andrew Burnett, the second-leading rusher in the Black Diamond Conference, took a helmet to the thigh late in the third quarter for Carmi, and missed most of the rest of the game. But juniors Wyatt Weinbrecht and Colton Yates, as well as Simon, helped pick up the slack on the ground and led the Bulldogs on a 12-play, 66-yard scoring drive that ended with a Yates six-yard run with 8:10 left in the game, putting the hosts up 13-6.
Burnett, despite playing just three quarters, finished with 103 yards on 24 carries. He’s run for over 100 yards in each of the Bulldogs’ six games.
Simon ran for 44 on six carries and threw for another 113.
The victory means the Bulldogs are likely headed back to the playoffs after missing them last year.
“It means so much for these kids,” said Carmi coach Kurt Simon. “Our small group of seniors hasn’t experienced a lot of winning at the lower levels, but this group has stuck with it and gotten better and gotten stronger. It’s a credit to them to see where we’re at now.”