Rossville foils late con­ver­sion at­tempt to beat Her­itage

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

The Rossville Bull­dogs stopped the Her­itage Gen­er­als on a late fourth-quar­ter con­ver­sion and picked up a 14-12 vic­tory in their sea­son opener in Boyn­ton this past Thurs­day.

Her­itage (0-1) opened the scor­ing late in the open­ing pe­riod. Quar­ter­back Caden Swope found Ja­cob Lozano on a long pass to set up a 2-yard boot­leg by Swope for the score. The con­ver­sion at­tempt failed, but the Gen­er­als had a 6-0 lead with 11.3 sec­onds left in the quar­ter.

Later in the sec­ond quar­ter, af­ter a short punt gave Her­itage great field po­si­tion inside the Rossville 30, Bull­dog de­fender De­wayne Thomas jarred the ball loose on a hit and Chris Mad­deaux scooped up the loose pigskin and scam­pered 82 yards for the score. Gor­don Cas­teel ran in the 2-point at­tempt and Rossville would take an 8-6 lead into half­time.

Af­ter both de­fenses held to start the sec­ond half, Rossville (1-0) put the ball in the hands of Cas­teel and the bruis­ing run­ning back picked up sev­eral big gains to move the ball down­field. Blake Fer­gu­son took it the fi­nal six yards, but a missed con­ver­sion kept the Gen­er­als within a score of ty­ing the game.

An­other ex­change of punts fol­lowed, but late in the fourth, Her­itage would fi­nally get back on the board. How­ever, the Bull­dogs bowed their necks to stuff the Gen­er­als on the con­ver­sion and they would re­cover an on­side kick at­tempt be­fore run­ning out the clock.

“Com­ing in we knew we had to take care of their inside run­ning game,” Rossville head coach Steve Lewis. “Coach (Dan) Draeger did a great job get­ting our D-line ready and it showed tonight. Ai­den Con­ley, along with Bishop Hay­den, Dy­lan Cur­tis and

Her­itage’s An­der­son Brit­ton gets a stiff-arm from Rossville run­ning back Gor­don Cas­teel last Thurs­day in Boyn­ton. The Bull­dogs stopped a late 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt by the Gen­er­als and picked up a 14-12 vic­tory in the NGAC opener for both teams. (Mes­sen­ger photo/Scott Herpst)

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