Lawrence County, East Lawrence football teams still feeling effects of 7 OT game

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Red Devil Stadium sat silent and serene Wednesday evening, but less than a week ago, the place was rocking.  Cross-county rivals East Lawrence and Lawrence County battled it out in an epic seven overtime thriller on Friday.

"You'll never feel that feeling again," said East Lawrence linebacker Adam Terry.

The Red Devils stopped the Eagles in the seventh OT to win 62-54.

"This was the craziest game I've ever been a part of," said Lawrence County running back Jakob Terry.

Both teams will go into the Alabama record books. The game tied a state record that dates back 36 years.

Five days later, both coaching staffs were focused on balancing preparation for this week with recovery from last week.

"I don't know if you really can't train or drink enough fluids to be ready for something like that," said Adam.

The game wasn't just taxing on the athletes, though, it was also grueling for the referees and the coaches.

"Of course, you can tell my voice is gone," said East Lawrence head coach Jarrod Helms in a gravelly voice. "One of our coaches said he got home Friday night and started cramping up, so everybody was tired."

He said the lasting effects of the game paled in comparison to the joy the players and coaches felt.

"It was fun. It's what high school football's all about," said Helms.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Friday's game at Red Devil Stadium was just the 10th-ever high school football game to go to seven overtimes nationwide and the first since 1997.

"At the time that it happens, you don't really understand what happened, but maybe it's just two or three days later when you realize, that's pretty special," said Lawrence County head coach Rich Dutton.

The game also showed what kind of heart the athletes on both sidelines have.

"We're going five or six overtimes and I'm looking at them and they're still ready to fight, that's what makes me proud," said Helms.

"You're just in awe of how hard not only the starters played, but the guys coming in late that stepped up in the positions -- just respect, a lot of respect," said Dutton.

Both teams start region play this week against teams that didn't play seven overtimes. East Lawrence will host Central and Lawrence County will travel to Ardmore.

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