To say Friday’s 29-21 loss to Loganville High School was a disappointment for the Apalachee High School football team would be a massive understatement.
The Wildcats led throughout the game into the fourth quarter before the visiting Red Devils mounted an improbable rally to earn the Region 8-AAAAA victory. Even two days later, the loss still stung for AHS coach Shane Davis.
“I’m sure I’ve experienced similar losses that were just as disappointing, but none of them come to mind right now,” Davis said. “This one is going to hurt for a while. I am just disappointed for our kids because they continue to work, go all out and play with character. I am hurting for them. Did we deserve the win more? That’s hard to say. However, I know we have a group who is dealing with a lot of adversity they aren’t used to right now.”
In Friday’s game, AHS led from the start on a 10-yard touchdown run by Justin Skinner with 10:09 left in the opening quarter. The Wildcats would hold that lead until the final two minutes of the contest.
AHS led 14-0 at halftime and moved in front 21-7 in the third quarter. LHS rallied in the second half after being held to less than 50 yards of offense in the first two quarters.
Jody Mathis rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries for the Wildcats while Skinner had 12 rushes for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Bryan Wilson, who got the start at quarterback for AHS, had 123 yards through the air.
Darryl Giles made a 60-yard touchdown run for LHS to pull the Red Devils within 21-20. After AHS was flagged for being offsides on the extra point attempt, the Red Devils decided to go for two points and converted.
An interception return for a score by LHS made the final margin of victory eight points.
“Defensively, we played well all night,” Davis said. “We did allow two big plays which hurt us. We also had a touchdown called back in the first half and were inside their 30 another time until back-to-back penalties.”
The loss dropped AHS to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in Region 8-AAAAA. The Wildcats will host Cedar Shoals this week. The Jaguars enter the game with an indentical 0-6 (0-4) record so one team will emerge with their first win of 2013.
“Cedar Shoals will be ready to play,” Davis said. “On film, they are always prepared. Coach Chris Davis does a good job with the team. Some fumbles and turnovers have helped some of their games get out of hand. You watch them on film and you can’t believe they haven’t won a game.”
Cedar Shoals was off last week and last played Oct. 4 when it fell to Gainesville 51-6.
"As always Cedar is big and fast," said AHS offensive coordinator Joel Miller. "They run to ball well and do a great job of not giving up the big play in the passing game. They are physical and seem to be in the right spot most of the time. We need to build on our success offensively against Loganville and try and eliminate mental mistakes."
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