Back-and-forth game turns against FC

Back-and-forth game turns against FC

The final quarter spelled disaster again for the Tigers. Fayette County fell behind late in what had been a tight contest, losing to the Drew Titans 44-27 on Thursday night.

The game was a back-and-forth affair with neither team more than one score in front until the final quarter. Anytime one team would score, thinking they had the momentum, the other would bounce right back. Drew grabbed the advantage for good with a crushing turnover late in the third quarter.

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Desmond Fletcher scorched the Drew defense for 139 yards and two touchdowns on five catches.

After Fayette’s defense forced a punt, the Tigers were foiled on an option, the Drew defender swatting down the pitch for his teammate to recover. Starting on the Fayette 19 yard line, they quickly punched the ball in on the next play to grab a 29-27 lead.

Fayette would get a chance to grab the lead back at the start of the fourth, but a delay of game would push back a field goal attempt that sailed wide of the mark.

Drew capitalized with a long scoring drive to go ahead by nine points, the then-biggest lead of the night. Fayette would get picked off on the following drive on a desperation heave, setting up an insurance touchdown for the Titans.

The night certainly had its highlights for Fayette. The first quarter saw no points. In fact, there was only one first down, but it came on a nice rollout by Daveion Nash who hit Malek Bowe for a 22 yard pick up. The Tigers responded to Drew’s first score, shaking off a turnover to drive 65 yards. Robert Easterwood, Montrell Kelley, and Nash each had key runs to move the chains before the QB scored from 10 yards out on an option keeper.

Fayette’s defense followed that up with a fumble recovery setting the offense up past midfield. Nash took to the air this time, connecting with Desmond Fletcher for two big gains, the second a 28 yard touchdown. Zach Gongola added the extra point to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead.

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Robert Easterwood sparked the Tigers with a 90 yard kickoff return touchdown.

Drew pulled back in front right before the half with the help of the officials. After a long run by their quarterback got them past midfield, a yellow flag did the rest of the work. The QB lofted a pass out the back of the end zone, but the officials threw a flag for pass interference to extend the drive and move into the shadow of the goalpost. They punched in from one yard out and added a two-point conversion to take a 15-14 lead with 12 seconds left in the half.

Nash and Fletcher wowed the crowd on the Tigers first play of the second half. Nash dropped back and lofted a gorgeous pass, hitting Fletcher in stride behind the defense. No one was going to catch him as he raced for a 55 yard touchdown and a 21-14 lead.

Drew responded with a scoring drive to pull back head by one, before Robert Easterwood sliced up the Titans. Easterwood took the ensuing kickoff and sprinted right up the heart of the kick coverage unit, blazing his way for a 90 yard touchdown and a 27-22 advantage.

Drew would be back on their heels before the killer turnover got them back on the attack.

Fayette County will again aim for their first win of the season when they host Starr’s Mill on September 5.

Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.