Veterans and Harris County might have both left their matchup wondering “what if”.
For the Warhawks it might have been: What if we had punched it in on all of our trips into the redzone? Twice – for example – we thought we did only to have it called back for a hold. Once we dropped a pass when wide open. Instead we had to resort to field goals, and then what if we had made all of those? (Daniel Gibbs did make three, but also missed three others.) Would the end result have been that close?
For the Bulldogs: What if our quarterback had not gone down? He was looking pretty stout while helping us put two scores on the board and build a 13-0 lead. (After leading them on an opening drive that was finished off by Talique Williams’ two-yard run, he scored on a 16-yard run.) What if? Would we have been more competitive and possibly won? (The game was pretty even at the half, with Veterans having 214 total yards and Harris County having 208.)
At any rate, the “what ifs” don’t count on the scoreboard. Only the final score does: Veterans 23, Harris County 13.
After the Tigers built up that 13-0 first-quarter lead, the Warhawks got to work. First it was a drive that ended with Gibbs’ 48-yard field goal. Then it was a score via a 44-yard pass from quarterback Blake Ethridge to Nate Boehm. That came with 7:15 left in the half and made it 13-10.
Gibbs tied it with just over a minute left before the break on a 42 yarder.
He then gave them the lead with another one from 48 yards out.
Finally, Veterans put together a drive that ended with Julian Barnes running it in from the 1. With the point after, that made it the final, 23-13. There was still more than nine minutes left, but neither could add to their tally.
The win increased the Warhawks’ Region 1-AAAAA record to 2-0. They also improved to 7-1 overall, while Harris County dropped to 0-2, 4-4.