Bull­dogs hold on to pick up win at Sandy Creek

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick Ed­i­tor

TY­RONE — Of­fi­cials added a last se­cond to the clock last Fri­day night, which gave the Sandy Creek Pa­tri­ots one last hail mary shot downfield to keep their un­de­feated streak alive against the Cedar­town Bull­dogs.

That last se­cond saw Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Matthew Wil­liams toss a bomb high into the air, which was bob­bled by Cedar­town and picked up by a Sandy Creek wide re­ceiv- er, who got just yards away from the end zone. Who was there to break up the play? Keshun Kent and Cedar­town quar­ter­back Trevon Wof­ford play­ing on the de­fen­sive side of the ball. Time ex­pired, and Cedar­town fi­nally broke the streak with a 23-21 win last week on the road, and with one more win will com­pletely se­cure a home play­off berth.

Last Fri­day’s win over Sandy Creek didn’t come with­out some tri­als, but the out­come pro­vided head coach Doyle Kel­ley with a clear sign that his team can stand up to big tests to come as they hunt for a po­ten­tial run for a state cham­pi­onship.

“We kept telling these kids and ev­ery­one that Sandy Creek has a good foot­ball team, and that they were go­ing to come out and fight or they were go­ing to quit,” Kel­ley said. “They fought us for four quar­ters, but our kids fought also. We fought and hung in there and did what we had to do to win the ball game.”

Cedar­town opened the first half tak­ing ad­van­tage of turnovers against the Pa­tri­ots, pick­ing up two touch­downs and a field goal in the first half off, and were able to score again in the third quar­ter but couldn’t con­vert a two-point con­ver­sion.

Hav­ing gone into half­time with a 17-7 lead at half, Cedar­town felt se­cure in their po­si­tion head­ing into the se­cond half. Sandy Creek begged to dif­fer, bust­ing out big plays of their own in the se­cond half be­fore get­ting down to the wire and fall­ing short against the Bulldog de­fense on backto-back stands on fourth downs against the Pa­tri­ots of­fense.

“I keep telling ev­ery­one that we’re a good foot­ball team, and I think we keep show­ing it week af­ter week,” Kel­ley said. “

Cedar­town put up 223 yards of com­bined of­fense com­pared to Sandy Creek’s 420 yards on the night, but cru­cila de­fen­sive stands from the Bull­dogs held off the Pa­tri­ots of­fense es­pe­cially in the se­cond half. Wof­ford fin­ished the night go­ing 10 for 11 with 137 yards.

The win over Sandy Creek — Cedar­town’s first against their 5- 4A op­po­nent on the gridiron — just about se­cured Cedar­town’s po­si­tion in the play­off hunt for a home game to open the Class 4A, sit­ting at a solid se­cond place in the Re­gion 5-4A stand­ings ahead of Troup County and this Fri­day night’s op­po­nent to end the sea­son, Chapel Hill in fourth place.

If the Bull­dogs were to fin­ish the sea­son at home on se­nior night with a win over the Pan­thers, they would host the Re­gion 6-4A third place team, cur­rently held by Pick­ens County.

“Next week we con­trol our des­tiny,” he said.

Photo con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Trevon Wof­ford passes downfield dur­ing last Fri­day’s game against Sandy Creek.

Photo con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

The Cedar­town de­fense stands up to Sandy Creek in the se­cond half.

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