Experience in big games is usually a plus, not that it mattered in the State quarterfinals. Amos P. Godby High School freshman Jamecia Mitchell made two clutch plays to catapult the Cougars to a thrilling victory over the Apopka Blue Darters in the opening round of the State flag football finals.
The first of many outstanding plays was an interception with less than two minutes left in the first half. Another “gamebreaker” would have to be the game clinching 1-yard touchdown grab with 4 ticks left. The final score was 13 to 7.
Defense was obviously a major factor in the game as the contest was a scoreless battle until early in the second half. Consider it apart of the Lady Cougars strategy as they’ve only given up 7 points over the last 3 playoff games.
Both defenses wreaked havoc early and forced critical mistakes all night. Godby standout Jamecia Mitchell knew she would have to step up and make a play but she wasn’t expecting to make two game winners.
“Being a freshman for me that’s big. I don’t know it’s big,” said Mitchell. When asked about the next game she said, “All flights are canceled. We’re ready.”
Godby head coach Chelsea Parmer was proud of the way her team fought all game. She said she emphasized tough defense all season. “It’s what got them this far. Defense has been our specialty all year. The way we responded was unbelievable,” Parmer said.
The Godby Lady Cougars take on an undefeated Tampa Robinson team in the state semi final
match up. The 2nd ranked Knights are no strangers to the Tallahassee area teams as Robinson swept the Capitol City Classic tournament earlier this season.
The State semi-finals are a first for Godby and the lady Cougars will look to continue their record breaking season today at Gene Cox Stadium.