By Tyler Blount, Franchise Sports Multi-Media Reporter
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – In a game at Gene Cox Field that featured every aspect of football the Godby Cougars pulled a 28-21 victory over the Choctawhatchee Indians.
“We fought hard against a really talented team,” Godby head coach said. “I wished we had a little more time and timeouts so we could get our game plan together for the last drive but that’s how the chips fall sometimes.”
For a half a football all bets were off on the defensive side of the ball for both teams. Choctawhatchee started the game by blocking a punt early in the first quarter to set themselves up for the first score of the game; a 20 yard strike from QB Floyd to his top receiver.
Godby’s lack of offense sparked up quickly after the Indians took a 7-0 lead.
On the Cougars second drive J.T. Bradwell found K. Young 65 yards later for their first score to tie the game going into the next quarter.
The second quarter was riddled by penalties for the Indians, and on the other side the Cougars capitalized on every front.
“It was a war out there,” he also said. “We are just lucky enough to pull this one out. The mistakes in the second half is what kept this one close and we have got to fix those.”
The Cougars scored two touchdowns back to back. One came on Cougars star running back K. Thomas 15 yard run. And, the next on a trick play reverse that slot back J. Hayward took 65 yards to the end zone.
Though the Cougars were rolling the Indians were able to sneak in a score to bring them within one touchdown of the Cougars. The Cougars ended the half by marching down the field for a Bradwell to Wiggins 11 yard touchdown to puch the lead to 28-14 at the half.
Both teams came out of the half slow and the defense took control on both sides of the ball.
Also throughout the 3rd quarter, there were missed opportunities on both sides. Key downs for the Indians were squandered away because of multiple holding and false start penalties. The Cougars failed to add points in the 3rd quarter because of multiple J.T. Bradwell turnovers on 2 interceptions.
Entering into the last quarter the Cougars still maintained their lead of two touchdowns. As the Indians drove it seemed they would have a chance but once again they were plagued by a mix of good defense from the Cougars and their own mistakes. But they were able to make it a game late by scoring on a QB scrabble with 3:38 left in the quarter bringing the score to 28-21 Cougars ahead. This came after a delay in the game because of a Cougar injury.
The Cougars tried to put something together to close out the game but were unable to and had to punt with 2:18 left giving the Indians one last chance to tie. But as the Cougars had done pretty much the whole second half they held tough and pulled out the victory.
Both coaches both expressed their respects for the other and how their team played. Choctawhatchee coach stated that it was a tough loss because they missed so many opportunities.
Godby goes into Monticello tonight to play Jefferson Co., the defending 1A state champs.