The Warrior Football team fell on the road at Tiftarea Friday night, losing by a final score of 34-26. The Warriors mounted a quick comeback late in the third quarter and into the fourth, but were unable to catch all the way up before the clock ran out. Read more...
After falling behind 6-0 early in the contest, the Warriors offense responded with a Vincent Yokely 7-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to even the score. The missed PAT kept it tied 6-6. Tiftarea was able to strike back with a long, pounding drive which ended with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Panthers held on to that 14-6 lead for the remainder of the first half.
With under a minute to go in the first half, the Panther offense looked prime to break the game open, but the Warrior defense made a big goal line stand on fourth and goal from the two yard line to send the Warriors into half with some momentum.
After trading interceptions to start the third quarter, a long touchdown pass for Tiftarea extended their lead to 22-6. The next few minutes were marred by Warrior turnovers and Tiftarea converting the short field into points. Two more scores led to Tiftarea opening up a 34-6 lead.
The offense found fire power late in the third quarter when Joe Parker hooked up with Bridger Middleton for a 65-yard catch and run touchdown. The combination worked for a second time early in the fourth quarter, this one a touchdown from 35 yards out, and all of a sudden the Warriors were within striking distance, 34-18.
The defense came up with a key stop, getting the ball back in the hands of the hot offense. Parker found Middleton again for another long connection, then Jacob Atkinson for the touchdown. A two point conversation pulled the Warriors to a one-score game, 34-26, with 1:26 left on the clock.
The onside kick attempt was recovered by Tiftarea and the Panthers were able to run out the clock, ending the Warriors comback hopes.
“It was absolutely shocking (to fall behind 34-6). That’s not at all what we thought was in the cards tonight,” Brookwood coach Shane Boggs said. “I am proud of the fact that we kept fighting and got it back to where we had a chance.”
“Our turnovers were a killer. The timing of a couple of them were really a killer,” Boggs said. “I think we had momentum right there in the third quarter. Our defense gets a turnover for us, got a chance to get short field and give it right back to them.”
Bridger Middleton's big game saw him have 6 catches for 176 yards to go with his two touchdowns.
The Warriors now go into the bye week, with two weeks to prepare for next Friday's game on the road at Southland.
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Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.