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Cox, Lions shock Lincoln County

Calvary Chapel’s Justin Cox scored three touchdowns, including the game-clinching score with seven minutes left, as the Lions edged Lincoln County 20-19 on Thursday at Mountain View.

Cox caught a pair of touchdown passes, highlighted by taking a hook-and-lateral toss 66 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Calvary Chapel up 20-11.

Cox rushed for another touchdown and gained 154 total yards (90 receiving, 64 rushing).

Following the hook-and-lateral, the Lynx answered as quarterback Eric Rippetoe found Travis Sonnenberg on a 19-yard pass play, cutting the lead to one with 2:43 remaining.

However, a pair of big runs by Cox enabled the Lions to run out the clock.

Calvary Chapel (3-5, 3-4 2A Southern League) got on the board first, going 72 yards in eight plays with Hunter Rodriguez finding Cox for a 24-yard score. The Lynx answered with an eight-play, 59-yard drive capped by a 3-yard run from Tyler Center, trimming the lead to 8-6.

The Lynx (5-4, 4-3) grabbed their first lead late in the opening quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Artie Grygierczyk. Lincoln County was awarded a safety when Cox was tackled in the end zone late in the first half and the Lynx had an 11-8 lead.

Cox scored on a 10-yard run on Calvary Chapel’s first possession of the third quarter and the Lions regained the lead at 14-11.

Sonnenberg led Lincoln County with 89 yards on 10 carries. The Lynx outgained the Lions, 242-209, but were stopped three times deep in Calvary Chapel territory, including once inside the 1.

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