Those were the words of Chiles coach Garrett Jahn after a late game goal-line stand helped propel his Timberwolves to a thrilling 34-28 home win over Mosley.
“That’s one of the greatest defensive stands I’ve seen,” Jahn said. “They had the ball on the half-yard line.”
Fresh off a massive win over Lincoln a week ago, the Timberwolves (5-1) saw a 21-0 lead evaporate throughout the night to the visiting Dolphins (3-3), who tied the game at 28-28 on a Destin Coates’ three-yard touchdown plunge with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter.
“With each stop you get some more confidence and it keeps going up,” Chiles linebacker Jace Edgar said. “Your playing ability elevates and you feel like you can do what you need to do to take care of the situation.”
Chiles jumped out to a three-possession lead in large part due to the offensive fireworks provided by running back Shane Sanders, who rushed for 180 yards and two scores on just 14 carries. His 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter pushed Chiles’ lead to 14-0 with 5:25 left in the half.
“My team depends on me a lot and in the first half the holes were opening up for me early on,” Sanders said.
Down 21-0, the Dolphins cut the lead to 21-7 just before the half to give the team a chance coming out of the break.
“The way we played in the second half, we could’ve easily given them the ball game,” Jahn said. “A couple turnovers here and there and (Mosley) is a great team, you see what they can do offensively.”
Mosley took advantage of a couple of interceptions by Chiles quarterback Landon Simpkins in the second half to cut into the Timberwolves lead.
Coates’ 65-yard touchdown grab on a screen play made the score 28-21 with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter.
After the game was knotted up, Chiles responded with a big drive, capped by Sanders’ second touchdown of the night, this time a 33-yard dash that gave the ’Wolves a 34-28 lead. Kicker Jake Robert Meyer’s extra point was muffed by the holder, nearly proving costly for the home side.
The Dolphins received the ensuing kick at their own 35-yard line and drove down the field to the half-yard line before four straight runs were stuffed by the Chiles defense.
“When our defense plays to its capabilities, we’re pretty good,” Edgar said. “After that fourth-down stop, it was just pure relief.” — Ariya Massoudi, FSView Sports Editor
Lakeland Kathleen 21, Leon 20 (OT)
After struggling on offense for most of Friday’s game at Cox Stadium, Leon finally got something going just in time.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to secure victory.
After visiting Lakeland Kathleen went up 14-7 on a 40-yard pass play with just 3:47 left in regulation, the Lions’ offense finally got on track.
Leon put together a 14-play, 80-yard drive and sent the game to overtime when Lions receiver J’Air Jones hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception with only 4.2 seconds left on the clock.
Kathleen (7-0) got the ball first and running back Izayah Riettie scored from 2 yards out to put the Red Devils on top 21-14.
Leon (2-4) found was down to its last play with fourth-and-goal from the 1. But James Peterson’s diving touchdown run briefly extended the game.
The Lions elected to go for two to win the game, but quarterback Ty Glasco’s pass was intercepted at the goal line, ending the game in the Red Devils’ favor.
In the first half, the Red Devils fumbled a punt, had a punt blocked, and missed two field goals. The blocked punt set Leon up at Kathleen’s 23-yard line. Joey Grant’s 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave the Lions the early lead before Kathleen scored the next 14 points.
Florida High 38, NFC 35 (2 OT)
Seminoles quarterback Isaiah Hill threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another in overtime, while Chase Allbaugh made five extra points and kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal in double overtime.
NFC fumbled on its second possession of overtime, negating a 159-yard rushing performance by Korey Charles. Florida High’s win is its fourth in a row over the Eagles.
Rickards 46, FAMU DRS 20
The Raiders led 33-0 in the second quarter before calling off the dogs. Delvon Williams carried for a 10-yard touchdown to open the scoring, while Carless Rollins, Chad Hunter and Derrick Pete caught touchdown passes.
Christopher Pitts broke loose for a 62-yard touchdown run late in the game for Rickards (5-1), which travels to Wakulla for a huge district game next week. FAMU DRS drops to 0-6 on the season.
Trinity Christian 56, Godby 31
The two-time defending 3A state champions wasted little time laying waste to Godby’s defense. The Conquerors put up 28 first-quarter points and pitched a shutout in the meantime to roll to victory.
Trinity (6-0) led 35-3 in the second quarter. Godby drops to 2-4 and is on a bye next week.
Oak Hall 53, Munroe 6
Oak Hall scored 34 points in the first quarter to quickly turn the tide on the Bobcats, who got only a second-quarter touchdown. Munroe drops to 0-6 on the year and is at Rocky Bayou next week.
Blountstown 27, Marianna 0
Bay 28, East Gadsden 14
Port St. Joe 35, Taylor County 12
Madison County 41, Hamilton County 6
Cambridge Christian 54, John Paul II 19
Bozeman 35, Franklin County 7
Liberty County 37, Northview 14
Cambridge Christian 54, John Paul II 19
Graceville 60, West Gadsden 37