Saturday, October 23, 2021

Friday Night Football Action:
Thompson’s game-winning kick wins it for Letchworth/Warsaw/Perry in dramatic matchup with Livonia
Photo: Lindsey Meys for the Daily News
Letworth/Warsaw/Perry recorded a critical win over rival Livonia Friday night.


Nick Thompson’s 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining proved to be the difference in Letchworth/Warsaw/Perry’s much-needed 24-21 win over rival Livonia on Friday night.

Letchworth/Warsaw/Perry jumped out to a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter, using touchdown runs from Bailey Schell and Chris Shearing to burst out to the early two-score advantage. Following a touchdown from Livonia’s Jack Kearney with 1:39 remaining in the first half, Shearing found the end zone for a second time just 2:30 into the third quarter to regain the double-digit lead for L/W/P.

Shearing’s two-yard touchdown run made it a three-score game, as Thompson’s third PAT increased the advantage to 21-7 with 9:36 remaining in the frame. Livonia responded before the third was through with 70-yard TD pass from Matthew Bean to Matthew Connor helped cut the Bulldogs’ deficit to 21-14 with 1:51 left in the quarter.

Neither side mustered a scoring drive for much of the fourth quarter, until Kearney found the end zone for a second time, scoring from one yard out to help even the score at 21 apiece. Connor’s third PAT of the game tied the score with 3:58 to go. Then, with time ticking down, Thompson finished an L/W/P drive with his game-winning kick from 41 yards out.

With Thompson’s clutch game-winning boot, L/W/P is back at .500, sitting at 4-4 with the postseason beginning next week. Livonia is now 4-3.

Shearing put forth a massive effort in the L/W/P victory, finishing 9-of-18 passing for 101 yards and two interceptions, but adding 15 rushing attempts for 68 yards and two scores. Schell finished with 12 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown and also led the L/W/P defense with a team-high eight tackles. Shearing equaled Schell’s tackle total and added an interception.

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