The Flint River Rivalry got another great chapter last night as the SGA Warriors trekked to Camilla to take on the hated Wildcats of Westwood. Westwood received the ball first and marched the ball down the field with relative ease before being stopped on a 4th down quarterback keeper. The Warriors got on the board first on the very next play with a 72-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Quinn LaGuardia to senior wide out Payson Trawick.
Down a single score Westwood responded with a touchdown drive of their own which included a converted 4th down play and was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Collier Baggett to knot things up at 7-7. SGA had the ball as the 2nd quarter began and drove the ball down the field and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by LaGuardia to retake the lead with 9:30 left before halftime. Westwood was stopped on 4th down on the following drive and that’s when the teams decided to trade turnovers for a bit. After the turnover on downs by Westwood, SGA fumbled followed by an SGA interception by freshman defensive back Austin Pickle. Westwood got the last laugh as just one play later the Warriors put the ball on the ground and Westwood sophomore defensive back Chandler Rice scooped it up and ran it in for a touchdown to narrow the lead. The extra point was blocked so Westwood still trailed by one, 14-13. SGA returned the ensuing kickoff all the way down the to Westwood 26-yard line and punched it in for a score a few minutes later extending their lead before halftime to 21-13. Westwood did mount a very good drive in the final minute of the first half and attempted a field goal that was blocked so the Flint River Rivalry went to the half with the Warriors out in front 21-13.
The plague of cramps hit in the 3rd quarter which isn’t uncommon for teams early in the season down in South Georgia but through all of that early in the quarter SGA did score on a 56-yard touchdown run by do-it-all senior running back Stephen Jackson. The extra point was no good so the Wildcats stayed just two touchdowns down 27-13.
Early in the 4th quarter SGA benefitted from another interception, this time by quarterback/safety Quinn LaGuardia and the Warriors capitalized just a few short minutes later on a 79-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Brady Collins who was able to shed a tackler and outrun the pursuit on his way to making the score 33-13. Six minutes later Warriors kicker Austin Cowart put a field goal on the board and finish the game 37-13.
These two teams were fairly evenly matched but SGA made a few more big plays that Westwood and the Wildcats were on the bad side of the turnover margin which is never easy to overcome. Westwood will win way more than three games in 2015 if they continue to play like they did last night ans SGA will make another run in the playoffs. The win snaps a three game losing streak to Westwood for SGA.
Next week, Westwood hits the road to Dublin to take on Trinity Christian and SGA will have their home opener against Terrell Academy.