Sec­ond-half touch­downs lift LaFayette past Gor­don Cen­tral

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Alex Far­rer

A sec­ond-half surge snatched de­feat from the jaws of vic­tory as LaFayette came back from two scores down to hand Gor­don Cen­tral a 28-27 de­feat on Home­com­ing Night at Rat­ner Sta­dium in Cal­houn.

Af­ter the Ram­blers (2-2) had ral­lied into the lead with two fourthquar­ter touch­down drives, Gor­don Cen­tral (0-3) drove down the field in the final min­utes and scored on a 14yard TD run by Brent Sil­var to make it a one­point game with 47.3 sec­onds re­main­ing. But LaFayette’s de­fense held the War­riors on a two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt, re­cov­ered an on­side kick­off at­tempt and took a knee to run out the clock.

Lead­ing 13-7 to start the third quar­ter, Gor­don Cen­tral came out of the locker room and im­me­di­ately seized the mo­men­tum, go­ing on a long touch­down drive that punc­tu­ated by Gauge Gid­dens’ 23-yard touch­down run. Gid­dens had a huge night with 152 yards on 21 car­ries and two touch­downs to lead the War­riors’ of­fense. Af­ter the two­point run by Mar­tavius Har­ris, Gor­don Cen­tral led 21-7 early in the third.

That’s when the game tilted back in fa­vor of LaFayette as they scored on their next three pos­ses­sions thanks to a one-yard TD run by Alan Hu, a five­yard TD run by Dakota Cathey and an­other five-yard TD run by Hu to put the Ram­blers up 28-21 with 6:50 to play in the fourth. Cathey had 190 yards rush­ing for LaFayette on 12 car­ries with a touch­down and a re­ceiv­ing touch­down. Hu added 67 yards and two scores on 17 at­tempts, while Colton Lane ran for 56 yards on eight car­ries.

The War­riors didn’t go away, march­ing down the field on a long drive be­fore Sil­var’s touch­down run to pull within one. It was Sil­var’s sec­ond TD run of the game as he ran for 77 yards on six car­ries. Har­ris also ran for 61 yards for Gor­don Cen­tral.

The War­riors started fast in the first quar­ter as their de­fense got a quick stop fol­low­ing the open­ing kick­off, and then went 68 yards on their first of­fen­sive drive which was punc­tu­ated by a 38yard touch­down run by Sil­var.

LaFayette an­swered right back on the en­su­ing drive, con­vert­ing on a fourth down with a 12-yard touch­down pass from

Ty Fisher to Cathey to tie things up at mid­way through the first quar­ter.

The two de­fenses traded stops un­til Gor­don Cen­tral once again found the end zone on a 22-yard touch­down run by Gid­dens. The kick failed, but the War­riors took a 13-7 lead, which was the score at the half.

The Gor­don Cen­tral de­fense came up with one turnover in the first half as Do­rian Mc­Connell re­cov­ered a fumble at the LaFayette 36 late in the half. The of­fense was un­able to turn it into points, how­ever. LaFayette forced one turnover as well with Tyrese Marsh com­ing up with an in­ter­cep­tion late in the third quar­ter.

Tyler Beard had a team-high 12 tack­les for LaFayette to go with a pair of sacks. Jonah Hobbs had 11 tack­les and as­sisted on four more.

LaFayette will have Fri­day night off be­fore start­ing Re­gion 6-AAAA play at South­east Whit­field on Sept. 22.

Colton Lane avoids a tackle on Fri­day night at Gor­don Cen­tral. The Ram­blers ran for 312 yards and got a stop on a two-point con­ver­sion in the final minute to pull out a 28-27 vic­tory. (Cal­houn Times photo/Frank Crowe)

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