Chiefs fall to Cats in final frame
The Chieftains had a first-place division standing on the line as they hit the field with Calhoun City Friday night.
By the end of the game, the Chiefs were still on the road to playoffs but from a decidedly different posititon.
“We fell behind on extra points early and started chasing the point,” said coach Jack Clark.
The Chieftains took a first quarter lead as Rod Jones snagged an interception and returned it for a 50-yard TD and Dequin Babbit put the point after through the uprights, but the Wildcats came right back. A little over one minute later, Lavarious Varnado scored on a 21-yard run and Jordan England tied it with a PAT.
The Chiefs took a lead in the second off two short-yard runs by Babbit, but lost a PAT and conversion run and the Wildcats found their opportunity to gain some ground.
Varnado scored in the second and the third quarters and England connected on one PAT while one conversion failed, putting the Cats ahead, 20-19, going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Okolona QB Jacolbi Heard connected with Jones for an 88-yard TD pass, but again the conversion failed.
The Wildcats got their toe on the top rung of the ladder with a 46-yard TD pass from Chakel Gates to Travone Petty with less than a minute to go and held on for the win.
The loss dropped Okolona to the fourth spot in division 4-2A and put them on the road to West Bolivar Friday. The Eagles (11-3, 5-0) hosted the Chieftains in the first round of playoffs in 2012,ending their run, and the Chiefs will be working to extend their season this time around. Clark wants to correct the errors that cost the Chiefs their first-place finish before they head to Rosedale.
“All year, it’s been something,” Clark said. “Every week, one play, one kick, one mistake, it’s just been a battle. That should prepare us for what’s next.
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