VALDOSTA, Ga. — Lowndes High scored a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining Friday night to beat Plant, 20-14, in the season opener.
Plant had tied the game at 14 with less than 5 minutes left when quarterback Rex Culpepper connected with Jordan Reed on a 23-yard touchdown pass.
Plant trailed 3-0 when Reed connected with Derek Baity on a 76-yard halfback-option touchdown pass.
The Panthers led 7-6 in the fourth quarter when they were unable to get a punt away from their end zone. Lowndes recovered the loose ball for a touchdown, and the subsequent 2-point conversion made it 14-7.
UNIVERSITY CHR. 42,
CARROLLWOOD DAY 7
JACKSONVILLE — For about 20 minutes, Carrollwood Day School was in control against University Christian.
The Patriots held a 7-0 lead, and after a University Christian score they still led, 7-6.
Just before halftime, however, a CDS fumble was returned by University Christian for a 12-yard touchdown, giving UC a 12-7 lead.
The Patriots committed three second-half turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown and another fumble returned for touchdown.
MADISON COUNTY 23,
TAMPA CATHOLIC 6
MADISON — Tampa Catholic’s offense struggled without its top offensive weapon in junior wide receiver Nate Craig, who suffered a sprained ankle when a player tackled him awkwardly in the first quarter.
Madison County led 16-0 at halftime, but the Crusaders avoided the shutout when sophomore Kevin Knox found Darius Corbett for a 43-yard touchdown pass.
“I think our guys were a bit shellshocked in the first quarter,” Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory said.