BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge-Guilford’s resolve and collective single-mindedness was put to the test Friday night when mistakes and bad breaks put it in one-touchdown hole against Oxford in a key Class D division battle Friday night.
As it has all season, the Bobcats were clearly the better team in the second half.
B-G held the Blackhawks to 42 yards – and zero points – over the final two quarters to capture a 30-21 victory.
The win was the sixth straight for B-G, who clinched a Section IV playoff berth for a second straight season. This weekend, Delhi entertains the Bobcats for the outright Division VII title.
“Our number one goal at the beginning of the season was not the division title, but to get into a second season,” said B-G coach Tim Mattingly “We know anything can happen there. We’re there (in the playoffs), now can go to Delhi, and we can play for our first Class D division title.”
Oxford used the big play to grab a 21-14 lead, and was poised to take a two-score lead into halftime when Alex Marin forced a fumble on a B-G bootleg, and Booker Davis recovered with 1:55 left in the half.
Oxford marched inside the 10, but missed on a fourth-and-goal pass from the five with under 15 seconds left in the half. “We made some mistakes in the first half, but the defense stepped up and we dodged a huge bullet at the end of the half,” Mattingly said. “We challenged the kids at halftime. We wanted them to take it personally, and to beat the guy across from them. We had them scouted well, and we weren’t going to change anything. We stayed with what we do best, and we needed to do that. If we got beat doing our best, then we were beaten by the better team.”