ALBANY -- One play -- one simple play -- late in the third quarter cost Sherwood Christian Academy.
On a night when Sherwood's defense refused to budge or bend or break, none of that was enough to beat Bulloch Academy, which slipped out of Albany with a 2-0 win (that's right, 2-to-nothing) because of one high snap on a punt.
There was 2:22 left in the third quarter when Sherwood punter T.J. Clay was left helpless on a snap that not only sailed over his head but right out of the end zone and into the Bulloch win column.
That safety proved to be the difference as Sherwood fell to 3-3 for the season and 2-2 in Region 2-AAA play, where the Eagles now sit in the middle of the pack.
Bulloch (5-2 overall) now has a 3-2 record in the region, but has a tiebreaker against Sherwood if it comes down to that later.
"We made some mistakes but we had plenty of chances to win this game," Sherwood coach Reggie Mitchell said.
SCA's final chance came with 21 seconds left when -- facing a fourth-and-10 -- Sherwood failed to toss up a Hail Mary from its own 30. SCA quarterback Terrence Burnette was forced to scramble, but he was knocked out of bounds just short of the first down with three seconds left.
The Eagles opened the game with an interception, but struggled to find the end zone all night. SCA's Chandler Tabb intercepted Bulloch's Brandon Walker on the opening drive of the game to set the tone defensively for the Eagles, but the Bulloch defense was ready for the challenge and forced Sherwood to turn the ball over on downs in its first possession of the game.
Early in second quarter, behind the running of Lestonz Lewis, Bulloch managed to get the ball down to the SCA five yard line before Tabb collected his second interception of the game in the end zone after Walker had his pass tipped by the SCA defense.
Bulloch had a chance to score just before halftime after Caleb Bohannon got to Burnett in the backfield and forced a fumble at the SCA 38 with 43 seconds left in the half. But Sherwood held the Gators at the SCA nine yard line, and Sherwood's Alexander Harrell blocked a 25-yard field goal as time expired.
Sherwood's next game is against Pinewood Christian on Oct. 15.