Gallatin withstood a late comeback from Springfield to come away with a 35-28 victory. Three takeaways for each school from Friday’s contest:
Mason racks up
Starting running back Jordan Mason continued to be the workhorse for the Green Wave. Mason finished the night with 213 rushing yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns, and had runs of 35 and 40 yards. As a team, Gallatin rushed for a total of 288 yards.
Despite only winning by seven points, Gallatin controlled the ball for most of the game, outgaining Springfield in total yards 376-153. Gallatin also finished with 15 first downs to Springfield’s nine. Head coach Mark Williams was pleased with the performance of his team. “It was big for our kids to come out here and get a win,” Williams said. “And number one, Springfield is a great football team and they’re going to have a lot of success this season. They’ve got some hard-nosed kids and they never gave up. The good thing that we saw out of our kids is that they never quit either. I’m proud of the way they came together and played as a team.”
No rally caps
Gallatin prevented a Springfield comeback and sealed the victory after an interception of quarterback Luke Petitt by Dezmond Chambers in the final minutes of the game. Colin Minor stressed the importance of bouncing back with a victory after last week’s loss to Mt. Juliet.
“It was pretty big actually,” Minor said. “We got down last week, and we didn’t turn around from it, but this week we got some adversity and we’re able to overcome it.”
Both teams traded three touchdowns throughout the first half. After Gallatin scored on a 37-yard pass from Colin Minor to Dezmond Chambers, Springfield quickly responded with a 76-yard return on the ensuing kickoff from D’Corian Bryant. The play tied the game at 21 heading into halftime.
Backup quarterback needed
Starting quarterback Dewayne Buckner left the game during the third quarter. Head coach Dustin Wilson did not comment on his reason for leaving the game or his current status. Luke Petitt came in for Buckner’s absence and engineered a late-game comeback attempt that came up short. Petitt finished with 51 passing yards in two quarters.
Despite the outcome, head coach Dustin Wilson feels this contest between Gallatin will have his team better prepared down the road. “They gave a one hundred percent effort. That’s the most positive thing because that’s the one thing you can’t coach. We gave a good effort tonight and gave ourselves a chance to win. We’re better prepared now for region ball because we played Gallatin and that’s why they’re on the schedule.”