Luverne edges Red Level, 6-0

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 28, 2003

RED LEVEL - The Luverne Tigers made plays and took advantage of a Red Level miscue to earn a 6-0 win in a Class 2A Semifinal Game Friday.

Luverne scored on its first possession of the game when sophomore quarterback Ryan Brown hit senior William Wood on a fade route in the corner of the end zone. The pass play covered 10 yards to give Luverne a 6-0 lead. The PAT was blocked by Larry Hudson.

Luverne started its first possession with good field position after forcing Red Level to punt after gaining two yards on the first three plays of the game. The Red Level punter bobbled and then dropped the snap forcing him to attempt to run for a first down as Luverne applied heavy pressure.

The punter was tackled for a 6-yard loss to give the Luverne Tigers a first down 39 yards away from the end zone.

The Luverne scoring drive took nine plays, including a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one from the 10.

Red Level had a chance to capitalize on a Luverne miscue later in the game, but came away empty.

Sophomore defensive lineman Dominic Williams scooped up a Luverne fumble and returned it from the 12-yard line to the 6. The Red Level offense took the field needing six yards for a game-tying touchdown with 1:24 left in the first quarter.

The Luverne defense held them with an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line.

Red Level was back in the "red zone" in the third quarter. The offense moved the ball to the 15-yard line before the drive ended via a quarterback sack on fourth down.

Both head coaches said the difference in the game was that Luverne made a few more plays.

"We're just real proud of our kids," Red Level Head Coach Tim Grimes said. "We had some opportunities to win. They (Luverne) made some plays and we didn't.

"So, they go to Birmingham and we have to buy a ticket," Grimes added.

Luverne Head Coach Mike Dubose said it was a competitive game.

"It was a hard-played game," Dubose said. "Both teams made some mistakes and both teams made some plays. It's a shame either team had to lose."

Dubose, a former coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, said he was looking forward to going back to Legion Field in Birmingham.

"I'm happy to be taking these guys back," He said.

The Luverne Tigers will play the Randolph County Tigers at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Class 2A State Championship Game.