The final score last Friday seemed about as typical as any high school football game: Bainbridge-Guilford 32, Hancock 16. Between the lines, the Bobcats had one heck of a fight from a team that has lost every game this season.
Armed with a strong passing game and the ability to put points on the board, lightning struck for the Wildcats. Dylan Oralls threw a TD pass on the final play of the first half, and the two-point conversion tied the game at 16-16.
On its second possession of the third quarter – and with momentum on its side – Hancock marched toward a seemingly imminent go-ahead touchdown sidling up to a first-and-goal at the five-yard line. Giving up yardage in small increments, the Bobcats’ defense stuffed a fourth-and-a-foot to survive the threat.
Getting the ball back, B-G drove 99 1/2 yards to take the lead for good. Quarterback Justin Pepper took a bootleg down the sidelines, and added the two-point run moving the visitors in front, 24-16. “That defensive stand, we were a foot away from our season imploding,” said third-year B-G coach Tim Mattingly. “I’m not sure how we would have responded if they had scored.”