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Gryphons lick Lynx in quarterfinal round of state playoffs

St. George’s Chase Hayden intercepts a pass intended for Lausanne’s Adam Boyce, who is defended by Quinshon Wooten. Hayden scored three touchdowns in the 42-10 win over Lausanne. The Gryphons will host Harding this Friday for the right to play in the Div. 2-A state title game on Dec. 3. Photo by Kevin Lewter
St. George’s Chase Hayden intercepts a pass intended for Lausanne’s Adam Boyce, who is defended by Quinshon Wooten. Hayden scored three touchdowns in the 42-10 win over Lausanne. The Gryphons will host Harding this Friday for the right to play in the Div. 2-A state title game on Dec. 3. Photo by Kevin Lewter

St. George’s Chase Hayden intercepts a pass intended for Lausanne’s Adam Boyce, who is defended by Quinshon Wooten. Hayden scored three touchdowns in the 42-10 win over Lausanne. The Gryphons will host Harding this Friday for the right to play in the Div. 2-A state title game on Dec. 3. Photo by Kevin Lewter

Led by Chase Hayden’s three touchdowns, including a 35-yard pick-six, the St. George’s Gryphons exacted revenge Friday night on the only team to beat them in the regular season.
St. George’s defeated Lausanne 42-10 at home in the quarterfinal round of the Div. 2-A state playoffs.
Hayden and junior quarterback Ben Glass paced the Gryphons with a combined six touchdowns.
St. George’s leapt to an early lead behind two Hayden rushing touchdowns. He would finish the game with 119 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Down 14-0 in the second quarter, the Lynx scored a 32-yard field goal courtesy of Doni Thomas. Both defenses would hold for the remainder of the half.
However, the Gryphons would find the end zone again to open the third quarter after Hayden, who plays corner back on defensive, picked off a Mario Nolan-Dillard pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Nolan-Dillard, a junior, struggled against St. George’s defense much of the night, throwing three interceptions and completing just five passes.
With the Gryphons’ offense already dominating on the ground, it was time to take to the air.
Glass would lead St. George’s on the next two touchdown drives, hooking up with Dawson Smith and Will Patterson for 25- and- 15-yard scores, respectively. Kicker Graham Hawthorne completed all six extra-point kicks in the game.
Glass would finish the contest with 294 passing yards. He also completed 77 percent of his passes.
Laussane scored once more on a 6-yard Chris Witherspoon run to start the fourth quarter.
But Glass would answer with another touchdown pass, this time to Corey Jones.
In all, the Gryphons gained 445 yards of offense and allowed only 157 yards.
St. George’s, Harding, Northpoint and University School of Jackson are scheduled to play in the state semi-finals this Friday, with the Gryphons hosting the 10-2 Lions. The winners will advance to the Dec. 3 championship game in Cookeville.

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