SUCCESS! The East Gadsden football team, as the number two seed, defeated the number one seeded Ft. White (7-3) in the Region 1-4A state playoffs. The final score was 19-9 but Coach Traice Laing and his team were scoreless at the half.
But the low score played to the Jaguars’ favor as they held the usually high-powered running game of Ft. White to under 100 yards total rushing. Although the Jaguars didn’t muster much of a running game themselves, quarterback Al Peterson was 16-26 in the air with 141 yards.
This Friday night the team will rematch with Florida High, the winner of their state series contest. On October 18 the two teams met with Florida High (7-4) coming out ahead 35-18. Congrats and good luck, Jags!
PANTHERS PRETTY CLOSE:
It was West Gadsden’s first half, but all Bay High in the second, as the Tornadoes proved how they managed to go 5-1 all season at home. West Gadsden led 29-21 with four minutes left in the second quarter but couldn’t manage another point the rest of the game. Bay went on to win 35-29.
The two teams (1A vs 5A) met up in a bowl game and gave the crowd their money’s worth. Bay sophomore Raekwon Webb racked up 245 yards rushing on the ground and finished with 348 total yards.
West Gadsden finished their best season in six years with a 6-5 record.
GRICE STILL GETTING IT DONE:
Former East Gadsden round baller Jasmine Grice is still lighting it up on the court but now it’s for the FAMU Rattlers and her reputation preceeds her. On November 4, the 4th year guard, who is playing as a graduate student, was named the MEAC Co-Preseason Player of the Year. Grice has started every game for the Rattlers since her freshman year and last year, the versatile all-around player, despite being only 5’7”, had a total of 111 rebounds, 182 points, 22 three-point shots 53 assists, four blocks, and 30 steals.
The nephew of former Heisman trophy winner Doug Flutie just set a Massachusetts all-time record for touchdown passes. Troy broke the previous record of 103 touchdown passes on Friday night when he tossed three. Earlier this month, according to ESPN Boston, Flutie set the Massachusetts career yardage mark by surpassing the 8,126-yard total of D.J. Cook of Barnstable. Flutie currently has 8,698 yards on the season and will continue his football days at Boston College, just like Uncle Doug.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” –Michael Jordan