Will Jeffcoat’s 23-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter lifted Spalding High to a 10-8 win Friday night at Worth County. G.T. Holmes’ interception with a minute left to play preserved it on a night where SHS had two touchdowns called back on penalties.
Spalding (2-0) broke a scoreless tie on a three-yard run by Cortez Puckett with 25 seconds left to play in the first half. A 41-yard run by Bernard Goodrum, and a heads -up play by receiver Johnny Lowrimore to bat away an interception helped set up the score in a half otherwise dominated by defense.
The Jaguars had four first downs in the half, including one by penalty. None of them happened until the later part of the half.
Goodrum’s run was the highlight in a half where Spalding totaled 97 yards from scrimmage— 72 rushing and 2 passing. Worth didn’t fare much better, managing 114 yards from scrimmage — 112 rushing and 2 passing.
A fumble and an interception (the interception by Willie Hamm) helped end Worth County Rams drives in the first half. Hamm also had a touchdown-saving tackle that prove crucial in the half.
Spalding had a TD called back when James Freeman had a punt returned for a TD nullified on a penalty to start SHS’s first drive in the second half.
The Rams managed to pull ahead, 8-7, when fullback Buster Jackson scored on the last play of the third quarter from 2 yards out on a run. Worth originally missed the extra point, but a roughing the kicker penalty allowed them to go for a two-point conversion which they subsequentally made.
Spalding then had its fifth scoring run of the season called back in the fourth quarter when a 56-yard run by Willie Hamm was also nullified because of a flag. Hamm later had a large run on the drive, but lost his footing before he could score. Nonetheless it helped set up Jeffcoat’s game-winning field goal at 6:22 to play.