2012-08-22 / Campus

Warriors narrowly defeated in opener 27-25


Referees had their eyes locked on SGA Senior Corey Smith as he carried the ball down field in the Warriors’ season opener against Ashford Academy. Referees had their eyes locked on SGA Senior Corey Smith as he carried the ball down field in the Warriors’ season opener against Ashford Academy. Southwest Georgia Academy’s Warrior football team fought hard against the Ashford Academy Falcons Friday night, only to lose 27-25.

A 32-yard field goal was all that kept the Warriors from putting down a win on their record.

“I was very proud of how our team fought back, especially under all the adverse factors,” said head coach David Bell.

At halftime, the Warriors were ahead of the Falcons by only a point, with a score of 13- 12. Ashford pulled ahead with a touchdown, but didn’t keep the lead for long; a 68- yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Clay Bell to senior wide receiver Corey Smith allowed the Warriors to pull ahead. With a score of 25-24, SGA’s defense knew they had to hold the Falcon offense for the rest of the fourth quarter .

With Ashford making twice as many passing attempts as SGA, they racked up with 78 passing yards. However, SGA bulldozed through Ashford’s defense, with a total of 232 rushing yards, with Ashford gaining only 181 yards. Running back Will Warren lead the team with 11 carries (a total of 91 rushing yards) scoring two touchdowns. Following Warren was Teel Massey, with 74 yards in nine carries. Even with all of SGA’s rushing yards, it was not enough to put them in a comfortable lead against Ashford.

SGA’s defense buckled down late in the fourth quarter, knowing that if they didn’t hold Ashford it would all be over. The defense made Ashford’s offense work hard to get close enough to the end zone for a touchdown. With only four seconds to make a play, Ashford chose to go for a field goal. Neither side knew whether they should celebrate or not as the football barely went over the goal post. Junior linebacker Garrett Vann led the defense with 11 tackles; two assists, and also caused a fumble. Right behind Vann was senior Alex Chambless, with 10 tackles and two assists.

“We could’ve played better, but Ashford had a stroke of luck and we lost,” said senior Collin Cowart, the starting center for the team.

After the loss to Ashford, SGA is now ready to prepare for next week’s game against Deerfield Windsor.

“We played well against Ashford but we didn’t play up to our full potential. Hopefully, next week our fans will see a lot of improvement,” said junior lineman Zane Whittaker.

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