Prep Football: Bulldogs steal one from Hornets
A win is a win. But it sure was an ugly way for Thomasville to get one Friday night in Salisbury.
Erasing a 14-point first half deficit in which the Hornets may have caught Thomasville looking ahead to next week's Central Carolina Conference battle with North Rowan, the Bulldogs regained their focus second half and rallied back to steal a 15-14 win and spoil Salisbury's homecoming at Ludwig Stadium. Thomasville was very fortunate having turned the ball over five times on a frigid night.
The comeback began in the second minute of half two. A week after picking off two passes at East Davidson, Ja'hare Taylor Thomas was at it again, this time intercepting Riley Myers for a 68 yard touchdown. The PAT missed, but the Bulldogs finally had something going down 14-6.
Akeem Davis two minutes later recovered a fumble to set up shop for the 'Dogs at the SHS 31. On the fifth play of the drive, D.J. Spann took the toss over the left side and slid into the end zone from four yards out. THS went for two, but Jalen Jenkins was tackled for a loss.
Down to a single possession game, Thomasville's defense got the ball back on another Thomas interception. It appeared the Bulldogs had turned the ball over themselves when Jenkins was intercepted, but a roughing the passer penalty kept the drive going. It later stalled at the Salisbury 10, but Brett Hokenson split the uprights from 27 yards away, providing the winning margin.
Both sides continued to turn the ball over, but the Hornets had one last shot. Advancing the ball to the THS 35, a Myers pass fell incomplete, turning the ball over on downs with a minute to play.
First half, Salisbury scored on its second possession of the game when Myers kept his composure in the pocket. Surrounded by Bulldogs, he escaped danger all around him. Firing on the run, he found Jon Mark Petty standing wide open just inside the end zone.
Up 7-0 with 10:29 left first quarter, the Hornets would not have to wait long before doubling its advantage.
The ensuing kickoff traveled out of bounds, giving THS the ball at its 35. Davis fumbled on the first play, setting up the Hornets at the 18. Tim Rhodes took care of business on one snap, breaking tackles on his way to six more points. The PAT was true, giving the energized Hornets a surprising 14-0 lead they would take into intermission.