A pivotal pick-off by Cameron Harris with 33 seconds remaining positioned Thomasville’s red team to a come-from-behind, 21-14 win over the gold team in the Bulldogs’ spring football game on Saturday.
The interception, which went roughly roughly 70 yards, came on the heels of a 30-yard, game-tying touchdown catch by red team receiver Jay Bowdry.
After Harris’ pick set up a one-yard touchdown run to take a 21-14 lead, the gold team heaved a hail mary on the final play that found its way into the hands of red team cornerback Zacques Jackson.
Quarterback play was expected to be accented by inexperience, coach Leroy Ryals said.
Thomasville dished out freshman Tori Sapp and eighth grader JT Rice for the bulk of the afternoon, both of which, the coach said, struggled to maintain composure.
Ryals added that the defense presented prevalent problems for the green – by jersey and youth – quarterbacks, neither of which have a leg up on the other for the starting job yet.
“We’ve got a lot on our plate to speed them up,” Ryals said of his signal callers. “But I think we’ve got enough guys around them to fill in if you will and help them along the way.”
The gold team took a 7-0 lead going into halftime, then both teams traded a pair of three-and-outs each to start the final period before gold team fullback Gary Pottinger broke the streak with a 15-yard carry. Receiver Javier McGriff converted a fourth down on the ensuing play, but the gold team fumbled at the 5-yard line just after.
The turnover set up the red team for a 95-yard touchdown run that tied the game at seven.
The gold team wrestled back the lead when McGriff snagged a 30-yard touchdown catch in mid-air after Bowdry, who also played cornerback on Saturday, tipped the intended pass with 55 seconds remaining.