The drama that usually surrounds games involving the Marist War Eagles and Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets arrived uncharacteristically late Friday night.
After dominating play for more than a half, Central (2-1) had to recover an onside kick with less than a minute left in order to hold off Marist 28-21.
Jackets head coach Bill Shaver was not pleased with the close call. His team lost to Valdosta 28-24 last week after squandering a trio of 10-point leads.
“That was another classic example of, ‘We’ve got to finish,’” Shaver said.
Leading 28-14 with just over three minutes left, Central was in position to put the game away. It coughed up the ball, however, on a first-and-10 play at the Marist 25.
“Even if we don’t get a first down, we are still going to burn two minutes off the clock,” Shaver said. “We’d made them burn all their timeouts but we put the ball on the ground. We’ve got to do a better job than that.
“Just take a no gain. Don’t turn the ball over. I hope we learn from it.”
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