Veterans made it scary – and then some – in the final two minutes. Other than that it was great defense on both sides, but the edge on offense going to Houston County in its 7-0 win over one of its county rivals Friday in Freedom Field.
The Bears finally broke through with 4:51 left in the game. That came on a four-yard run by Tyler Williams – he and Simeon Askew ran the ball hard and often. It also capped off a 13-play drive that ate up more than six minutes of the clock. Luke Rigby provided the point after.
The time of possession, the high amount of touches, that was par for the course on the night. Houston County ran eight plays on its first possession of the game before finally having to punt. It ran 11 on its second – moving the game into the second quarter – before having to kick again. Veterans finally forced it into a three-and-out on its third possession, but on its fourth it put together a 13-play drive. That ended with a missed field from 34 yards out as the first half clock ran out. (The Bears actually got two chances as they faked it initially but Rigby managed to run it for a first down with one second on the clock.)
The Warhawks on the other hand, managed five, seven and five plays respectively on its three drives of the first half. All resulted in punts.
They also went three-and-out to start the third as the trend continued.
A sack on their next-to-last possession also led to a punt and gave the Bears the ball on Veterans’ 47 with 3:50 left to play and a chance to run out the clock.
Instead they got the scare. The Warhawks held and got the ball back on their own 25 and with 1:54 remaining.
A pass from Blake Etheridge moved it 20. Another put the ball on their own 47. After a couple fell incomplete, Etheridge found Lebron Fields on Houston County’s 38. Another pass to Fields moved it to the 36. The clock showed 30 seconds remaining. Two passes fell incomplete before Etheridge connected again on the 25. The clock reflected six seconds this time. A pass out of the endzone put it at one.
The Warhawks tried a flea flicker but the runner was downed on the 19 to end the game.
With the win, Houston County improved to 5-2 while the loss left Veterans at 4-2.