Godby starts fast

Godby starts fast

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Senior linebacker Terell Clark realizes each game represents a step forward for undefeated Godby High.

He graciously credits opponents and is not overwhelmed by the Cougars’ impressive performances the past few weeks.

Not even Thursday’s 61-7 win over Chiles High at Cox Stadium was enough to make Clark gloat. Or his teammates, for that matter.

“We are playing as a family; everyone is doing their job and we have to keep it going,” Clark said. “We are working hard every day in practice and standing together as a team.”

The Cougars (6-0) have outscored their last three opponents 164-21, averaging 54.6 points per game. Their defense has been just as helpful, creating turnovers and frustrating opponents.

Godby’s overall team speed and athleticism are a potent combo. Case in point against Chiles (3-4), which never quit but simply lacked the consistency to keep pace.

Godby amassed 518 yards of total offense against the Timberwolves, scoring on its first three possessions and racing to a 40-0 lead at the half.

The rushing duo of Khalid Thomas (nine rushes for 109 yards) and Tim Longmire (7-52 and two scores) helped provide the early cushion. Godby finished with six rushing touchdowns and 311 rushing yards.

The Cougars also turned three Chiles turnovers into points, punctuated by Clark’s 56-yard fumble return for a score in the second quarter.

“Every week I am amazed by what our defense does,’ Godby coach Ronnie Cottrell said.

The Timberwolves avoided the shutout on Ben Hatch’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Mike Dunn late in the third quarter.

Both teams played their reserves in the second half. Godby quarterbacks J.T. Bradwell and Javon O’Neal combined on 10 completions for 207 yards and two scores.

While disappointed, Chiles coach Mike Lassiter wanted his team to focus on the future. The Timberwolves, who had won their past two games, remain in the District 1-7A race.

“We try to tell our kids that we’ve had some ups and downs this season, but we can’t let ourselves be defined by one game,” Lassiter said.

“We are still hanging our hat on doing some damage in the district.”

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