Pleasant Home overcomes halftime deficit for 35-33 win

Published 3:24 am Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Pleasant Home Eagles overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat county foe Florala at home Friday.

The Wildcats took the lead in the first quarter.

Jacob Hammac opened the game with two first downs resulting in a touchdown. The PAT was good, and Florala was up 7-0.

When the Eagles couldn’t convert on downs, Sean White scored a rushing touchdown. The kick was good, and the Wildcats were up 14-0 at the end of the first.

The second quarter, the Eagles redeemed themselves with a touchdown, narrowing the gap to 14-6.

The Eagles were unable to capitalize on a Nicolas Woods interception, and the Wildcats got back to work.

Relying on the running of Logan West, the Wildcats put together a series the netted another touchdown with one minute left in the half. Hammac kicked good, and the visitors went up 21-7.

Florala almost got another TD late in the second when Dustin Ward intercepted and headed to the goal line. With three seconds left on the clock, the referees cut it short, leaving Florala fans in an uproar. Pleasant Home was called back to the field to play the remaining seconds out, and held the Wildcats.

Pleasant Home came back strong in the third and managed to score 8:26 remaining to make it 21-13.

Florala’s Jacob Hammac scrambles for yardage against Pleasant Home Friday night.
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But the Wildcats answered quickly, extending the score to 27-13 at 7:50 in the third quarter remaining.

Four minutes later, the Eagles answered with 3:40 to go in the third, 27-20.

The Eagles’ streak continued, and they scored again to knot the score, 27-27, with 11:17 left in the game.

Pleasant Home hit paydirt again with 4:37 left, and extend the lead to 35-27.

But the Wildcats never gave up. With only 1:56 left in the final quarter, the Wildcats scored a last -minute touchdown. Attempting a two-point conversion, the Wildcats aimed for a pass but fell short, and the scoring ended, 35-33.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game against the Eagles,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “It was a good football game, and we made rookie mistakes. We are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.”

Florala will host Houston County for homecoming next week, while Pleasant Home will travel to Kinston.