After many months of counting down the days to kickoff, Clarksville High opened up the 2013 football season at Hilda J. Richardson Field.
In a great back-and-forth contest, Clarksville would fall to Goodpasture 22-21 in a heartbreak defeat.
Clarksville never led until 1:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, as they were up 21-14 over the visiting Cougars. Goodpasture was backed deep in their own territory, but pulled off a miracle to find their star player Carter Wiseman for a deep pitch and catch touchdown from a quick slant play.
After scoring, Goodpasture gambled by not attempting the extra point, but going for a two-point conversion to take the lead. Wiseman’s two-point run would give Goodpasture the 22-21 advantage.
With just over a minute remaining, Clarksville (0-1) needed something big to spark it, and got it on a kick return by Derwin Whitt to set up the Wildcats at midfield. Quarterback Jeff Webb would lead his troops into the red zone, but when trying to set up for a game-winning field goal, Clarksville High botched the snap. Both teams scrambled to fall on the live ball, but it was Goodpasture who recovered.
The defense from the home team struggled early to contain the Cougars, while the offense wasn’t able to capitalize on opportunities.
From the time Goodpasture received the ball to begin the game, it was clear it was going to rely on All-State running back Wiseman to drive into Wildcat territory. But when the Cougars crossed midfield, the Clarksville defense stepped up on fourth down to force a turnover. When the Wildcats took over on downs, they were unable to mount any offense and were forced to punt.
Goodpasture (1-0) continued to pound the ball in their second possession, and ate up the clock with run plays. The Cougars were faced with a third and long on the Clarksville 40-yard line after a block in the back penalty, but converted with a rare pass to set up first and goal. From there, Goodpasture pounded the ball with Wiseman, and crossed the goal line with an 8-yard touchdown.
After a poor showing on offense in the first quarter, Clarksville responded in a big way in their second drive.
The Wildcats were able to mix up the play calls, and got inside Goodpasture’s 30-yard line on a pass from Webb to Chris Schlangen. Webb followed with a keeper to the left side, and put Clarksville on the scoreboard with a 22-yard touchdown. After an extra point by Mason Gasaway, the score was tied at 7.
Coming out of the half, Clarksville received the ball and put their foot on the gas pedal. Webb hit Schlangen on a fade route for a big gain, and then handed off to Lawrenz Guerra to put the Wildcats in striking distance. But after a couple costly penalties that backed them up, Clarksville was forced to give the ball to Goodpasture.