Thursday, September 9, 2010
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AMERICUS -- Americus-Sumter rallied in the second half, and was driving at the end of the game when time ran out Thursday night, falling short in a 17-14 loss to Troup County.
"We've been on the road twice and lost twice, but we're coming home next week,'' Americus-Sumter first year coach Michael Pollock said. "We had our opportunities. We just felt like we kind of shot ourselves in the foot.''
Pollock pointed to a play in the first half when Americus had a wide open receiver fall down on a play that would have been a sure touchdown, and two game-turning plays in the first half.
Down 14-0 at halftime, the Panthers stormed back in the second half, scoring on the third play of the third quarter when quarterback Thomas Haugabook broke free for a 30-yard TD run. Troupe County, which is coached by former Dougherty coach Charles Flowers, answered with a field goal to take a 14-6 lead, but Kedrick Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to close the score to 14-12, and Haugabook connected with Tyshun Brown for the two-point conversion.
But both teams stiffened on defense, and the game ended 17-14. Americus (1-2) was driving just past midfield when time ran out.
"It hurts, but I feel like we have something to build on the way we came back in the second half,'' Pollock said.