Tigers: Ending with 17-10 loss
ing penalty which forced the Tigers to punt.
However, Alcovy had a tremendous opportunity at the start of the second quarter.
Ledford lofted a pass to Strozier for 73 yards. But as Strozier fought to gain extra yardage, he lost control of the ball, recovered by Terrell Evans at the Tigers 3-yard line.
Regardless, the defense for Alcovy came to the rescue, getting the ball back in Ledford’s hand with less than 5:03 remaining before halftime.
Ledford orchestrated a 10play drive to the Bulldoggs 11-yard line. Walsh concluded it with a 17-yard field goal, and the Tigers were on the board first 3-0 with 3:00 left.
The start of the second half began with yet another huge play by the Tigers.
On first and 10, Yates terrorized Dixon along with Matt Gunnells, both putting a tremendous hit on him, causing a fumble recovered by Keldrin Strickland.
The Tigers capitalized on the turnover using a 5-play drive that ended as Ledford (14-of-24 for 197 yards) found Edwards (two catches for 43 yards) for a 29-yard touchdown.
With Walsh’s kick, Alcovy extended its lead to 10 with 10:00 in the left in the quarter.
Winder didn’t waste any time, mounting an 11-play, 47yard drive which began at its own 41-yard line.
Babatunda Jegede, with assistance from Yates, sacked Dixon again for a 7-yard loss, preventing a key first down play. Jesse McGee hit a 35yard field goal to cut the lead to seven with 6:30 remaining.
Winder then gambled on an onside kick, which proved successful as McGee recovered it at the Tigers 44-yard line.
With 6:23 left in the third, Winder executed a double reverse from Chris Wragg, who pitched out to Terrell Evans to pick up 29 yards, bringing it to the Tigers 15.
Dixon then found Jonah Huggins on a fade pass for a 15-yard touchdown. With the McGee kick, the game became a barnburner at 10 apiece with 5:46 remaining.
“I am proud of our guys fighting back when we were down by 10,” said Winder-Barrow head coach Brian Allison. “It was just a great job of fighting back to win a ballgame.”
The Tigers began to struggle at the start the fourth quarter; therefore, the defense stepped up.
Yates ran into the punter for a 15-yard penalty that kept the drive alive. On second and 7 at the Bulldoggs 44-yard line, Yates (7 tackles and 3.5 sacks) made up for his mistake by sacking Dixon for the third time, resulting in a 10-yard loss. After failing to convert for the first down, the Bulldogs elected to punt.
McGee boomed a 45-yard punt, pinning the Tigers at their own 5-yard line.
Alcovy again self-destructed in its initial series with multiply penalties (10 penalties for 75 yards overall) and a second sack on Ledford by Davis, taking the Tigers out of scoring range with 3:11 to play.
With 59.8 seconds left in the final quarter, Winder worked its way on an 8-play drive and scored a 38-yard touchdown as Dixon (165 yards passing and two touchdowns) connected with Taylor Bradberry on a go-ahead pass play, slipping by Edwards for the score.
“Our kids fought to the end. We got a great group of kids and a great group of leaders, especially our seniors,” said Allison. “I am really proud (of) what they’ve done.”
The point-after had the Bulldoggs leading 17-10 with 15 seconds left in the game.
“Last year we weren’t as completive,” said Hoffmann. “This year, we were completive. Next year, we (are) going to turn the corner.”