Carolina Forest’s gamble pays off
With the game on the line, both Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris and quarterback Mason Garcia had no hesitation. The duo elected to ride the hot hand of Garcia and go for a two-point conversion in overtime, converting the try to defeat Lexington 36-35 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at Brooks Stadium on the campus on Coastal Carolina University on Friday.
The Panthers defeated Lexington in the playoffs for the second straight year, this time riding the legs of running back David Legette and Garcia to a dramatic victory.
“In a game like this one, you’ve got to give credit to the players on both sides,” Morris said. “Their players fought hard to get it to overtime and our guys did everything they could to come out with the win. This one was tough, for sure, and our guys really gave it all they had to make the plays when we needed them most.”
In the first half, the game looked to be a barnburner, with Lexington marching right down the field to score on its first possession, only to be matched by Carolina Forest and Garcia. The teams would trade scores in the second quarter, with Garcia finishing the first half with three rushing scores and a passing touchdown to Jackson Weatherwax to take a 28-21 advantage into the break.
Then, all at once, the scoring stopped.
The second half saw both teams move the ball seemingly