It took two overtimes. Florida High got by East Gadsden 27-21 last Friday night at the Seminole Field in Tallahassee, ending the Jaguars’ season and advancing on in the FHSAA Region 1-4A football play-offs.
East Gadsden battled back all night including overcoming a first overtime deficit.
But after missing a field goal in their second overtime possession the Jaguars saw Florida High’s Ronnie Harrison scoot the 10 yards for the winning margin on the Seminoles’ first play of their second overtime possession.
Florida High had started the game with a 68-yard, 7-play drive that ended with a Makel Young score and a 7-0 Seminole lead after Chase Abaugh’s conversion kick.
Two series later East Gadsden narrowed things to 7-6 when La’Javier Turner scored on a one-yard run ending a 74-yard possession by the Jaguars. The big play in the possession was a 50-yard pass hook-up from quarterback Al Peterson to Kendre James.
The Seminole’s came back and scored a touchdown on a Broderick Simpson run and again Abaugh added a point-after allowing Florida High to carry a 14-6 lead into halftime.
The second half saw East Gadsden buckle up behind defensive efforts led by JaJuan Perkins, Geomarey Smith, Derrick Kelly, DeQuan Harris and Javarius Johnson and hold the Seminoles scoreless.
But East Gadsden was having trouble moving the ball themselves until a 63-yard run by Turner set up a Johnson 1-yard touchdown that was followed by Peterson’s two-point conversion that knotted the score at 14 midway through the fourth quarter.
A possession later the Jaguars’ Trini Charlton had a weaving 32-yard run that got East Gadsden down deep in Seminole territory. A field goal attempt was short and the teams headed for overtime.
Florida High got the ball first and scored on a third down 5-yard run by Young. Abaugh’s kick put it at 21-14.
On fourth down in the Jaguars’ possession Peterson found Turner in the end zone on a 10-yard throw to put it at 21-20.
Then after two penalties Billy Prior nudged through an extra point kick forcing the second overtime.
“I felt we played real hard and just had some things go against us,” head Jaguar coach Trace Laing said about the game. “It was a good season, we just wish
it would have lasted longer.”
Laing, in his first season as the East Gadsden head guy, took the team further than any previous first year head coach finishing second in the district and leading his team to the Region 1 4-A semi-finals after winning a first-round game at Ft. White the previous week.