By: Max Fay
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Thursday night matchup between Godby and Wakulla featured the two best teams in one of the best districts in the state. Godby, the 2014 state runner-up, welcomed Wakulla, a team loaded with next level talent to Cox Stadium for a district showdown with playoff implications.
Wakulla jumped out to a 6-0 lead after their first possession and kept the game just out of Godby’s reach for a 15-6 victory.
“It was definitely a team effort,” Wakulla quarterback Feleipe Franks said. “The whole team worked together to get the ‘W’. We didn’t come out here to put up exciting numbers. We knew it was going to be a battle from the start.”
The War Eagles (5-1, 1-0) began the game with a 12-play 65-yard drive that ended with a Monterious Loggins one-yard dive into the end zone. Then the Wakulla defense took over.
Godby (2-3, 0-1) didn’t make it inside the War Eagle 40-yard line until the last drive of the game. Cougar quarterback Darius Bradwell scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown with 3:25 left to play, but Godby failed both the two-point conversion and the onside kick allowing Wakulla to run out the clock.
“Our defense played very well tonight,” Wakulla Head Coach Barry Klees said. “I was very excited for them. Keith Gavin played great on that side of the ball. I don’t think they wanted to see much of him there at the end.”
The up-tempo Godby offense came into the game with a vaunted rushing attack averaging over 300 yards a game. Wakulla was able to hold the Cougars to just 163 yards on the ground and even outgained them with 194 rushing yards of their own.
Wide receiver/safety Gavin set the tone for Wakulla’s defense with a couple vicious hits in the first half.
“That’s what Keith Gavin does,” Franks said of the 4-star recruit considering offers from Alabama and Florida State. “He lays the wood on everybody, and he’s not scared of anyone. Big time players make big time plays in big time games, and Keith is just one of those players.”
Wakulla went up 12-0 after halftime, when a Justin Davis interception led to a 19-yard touchdown run by Demarcus Lindsey. Lindsey carried the ball 12 times for 68 yards.
Franks didn’t have his best offensive showing behind center, but the LSU commit also plays kicker/punter for the War Eagles and nailed a 51-yard field goal to give Wakulla a 15-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The win gives Wakulla a leg up on both Godby and Rickards in district 5A-2.
“It takes a little pressure off our shoulders,” Franks said. “We’re still going to take it game by game and day by day. We have a bye week this week, and then we’ll practice our butts off to get ready for another district game against Rickards.”
Godby moves on to face Trinity Christian Academy at Cox Stadium next Friday.