2018-09-13 / Sports

beat Tattnall in overtime; will begin region play this FridayBy


KOLBI FERGUSON BREAKS A TACKLE AND LEAVES A TROJAN FLOUNDERING. He ran the ball for 84 yards and scored two touchdowns on 11 carries at Tattnall Square. KOLBI FERGUSON BREAKS A TACKLE AND LEAVES A TROJAN FLOUNDERING. He ran the ball for 84 yards and scored two touchdowns on 11 carries at Tattnall Square. MACON – Turnovers played a big part in last Friday’s Region 7-A cross- over game against Tattnall Square Academy, but in the end it was the fumble that wasn’t lost that decided the game 34-28 in the Red Devils’ favor.

After four turnovers by Lincoln County and one by Tattnall, regulation ended in a 28-28 tie. The Devils won the overtime toss and the Trojans got their running back was headed for a sure touchdown until he fumbled at about the one. Players from both teams chased the pigskin out of the end zone for a touch back, ending Tattnall’s scoring opportunity.

Then it was the Devils’ turn. down at the four. Kolbi Ferguson took the hand off and fumbled just shy of the goal line. He fell on the ball, and seemed like forever. Then the referee in the white hat raised his hands skyward – touchdown. Ferguson had recovered his own fumble.

Ferguson led the Devil ground force with 84 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 carries. Tevin Gartrell carried nine times for 74 yards and one score. QB Monquavious Leverett ran 13 times for 50 yards and a touchdown, and completed two of three pass attempts for 71 yards and a score. Wright caught both passes.

On a sweltering evening in Ma- con, Tres Kelly returned the opening kickoff 14 yards to the LC 39. Leverett found Wright open deep for 41 yards to the TSA 20. Two plays later Leverett ran for six to the 12. Ferguson gained eight, followed by his two-yard run. The second-generation Lane Tuten booted the PAT with 9:25 left in the opening period. before the Devil Defense forced a backward on their next possession and punted.

Tattnall moved deep into Devil territory until they faced a third-and-4 at the LC 28. Ferguson and Kelly combined for a three-yard Trojan loss. The Wright sacked their quarterback for a on downs.

The Devils moved into the Trojan pigskin away at the TSA 45. Tattnall scored on a 47-yard touchdown pass with 5:57 left in the half. The extra point tied the game at 7.

Kelly rushed for 14 yards to the LC 39. Two plays later Ferguson broke four tackles for a 22-yard gain to the TSA 38. Gartrell had back-to-back yard runs, followed by a nine- yard run by Ferguson to the 11. A fumble ended the threat.

Three plays later Wright intercepted a Trojan pass and returned the ball 10 yards to the TSA 30. Gartrell then found Wright open for 30 yards and a touchdown. The PAT put the Devils up 14-7 with 1:51 left before the

Before the fans could retake their seats, the Trojans returned the next kickoff about 80 yards to re-tie the game at 14.

Penalties put the Devils in a big after the play was apparently stopped. time expired to take a 17-14 halftime lead. half, Tattnall drove 12 plays to the LC 10 but the Devil Defense held the goal TSA was up 20-14 midway the third.

Coach Michael Pollock showed went for it on fourth-and-1 at the LC 34. Ferguson powered through the left side for eight yards. On the next play Gartrell took the handoff, turned with 2:40 left in the quarter. Kicker Tuten’s boot gave the Devils a 21-20 lead.

After swapping punts, the Trojans scored on a 16-yard run with 7:29 left in the game. Their two-point conversion run gave the home team a 28-21

After a 20-yard return by Kevon Franklin, Leverett ran for 12 yards and then four to the TSA 43. Two plays later Wright ran for 12 to the 35. Ferguson went up the middle for 20 big yards to the 15. Leverett kept the ball for 10 before going untouched the game at 28-28 with 4:50 left. The of regulation.

The Red Devils will visit Augusta this Friday to play rival Aquinas over Laney, Harlem, and Wilkinson County. They are still smarting from the Devils’ 12-6 victory last season. The pigskin will be booted at 7:30. Go Devils!

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