Flint River smashes Dominion with strong second half
J. Thomas Perdue Times Contributer
The Flint River Wildcats faced Dominion Christian last Friday for Senior Night and the Pink Out football game. Twenty-one senior football players, cheerleaders, and softball players were honored for their years of dedication and hard work as student athletes.
They included Ben Adams of The Rock, Seth Short of Thomaston, Will Couch of Gay, Nathan Adams of Thomaston, Jay Adams of Thomaston, Kyle Dufresne of Gay, Davis Cotney of Thomaston, Chase Tyson of Thomaston, Eric Anderson of Thomaston, John Roberson of Woodbury, Kasey Clark of Woodbury, Morgan Tyler of Woodbury, Shalyn McGaughey of Greenville, Kailee Lemke of Luthersville, Gennifer Armistead of Williamson, Meghan Gregg of Hollonville, Liz Barnes of Woodbury, Courtney King of Gay, Leah Stewart of Meansville, Kooper Groce of Thomaston, and Madison Funderburk of Woodbury.
The early portion of the Flint River Wildcats’ home finale against Dominion Christian looked very similar to the defense-dominated 14-7 win over Community Christian a week earlier. However, the offenses were kick-started at halftime, and an opportunistic Wildcat team pulled away in the final quarter.
On their second drive, the Wildcats caught a break when a pass from quarterback Seth Short to David Chester appeared to be intercepted, but was bobbled and caught by Chester, who ran 30 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Neither offense threatened from that point until Dominion scored with under a minute left in the half.
Flint River quickly changed the pace of the game at the start of the third quarter. After forcing a punt, the Wildcats went back on top with a 15-yard run by senior running back Will Couch, who had missed most of the previous game due to a leg injury. Dominion responded with a touchdown on their next drive to even the score at 14-14.
The Wildcats couldn’t be stopped on offense, and it kept putting pressure on Dominion. FRA drove 65 yards on its next possession, and went back on top with another touchdown by Couch. The ensuing kickoff proved to be the turning point of the game. Dominion fumbled on its own 23-yard line with the Wildcats recovering, and Flint River capitalized with an 11-yard touchdown run by Short.
Trailing 26-14, Dominion continued to dig its own grave. Seth Short (playing safety) came up with an interception on the first play of the Dominion drive. Couch scored again, from nine yards out, giving the Cats a commanding 34-14 lead.
The Wildcats extended the lead in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run by Nathan Strickland. Dominion scored a touchdown late in the fourth, but the game had been decided. The Wildcats cruised to their second region win, 41-20.
Flint River had an incredible rushing attack, gaining 306 yards on the ground with 209 coming in the second half. Will Couch came off an injury to rush for 119 yards and three touchdowns. The Wildcat offense outgained Dominion in total yards 408-286.
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