In the 9th annual War of the Border All-Star game, Team Florida was edged by Team Georgia 20-14 in the final seconds of play in the 4th quarter.
The opening quarter was a defensive battle until team Georgia’s G. Daniels (Lee County) ran for a touchdown from 35 yards out for a 7-0 lead. Later, Colquitt County kicker I. Malagon tacked on a 42 yard field goal to give the Georgia a 10-0 lead with 13:23 left in the 2nd quarter.
Team Florida quickly answered with a scoring drive of their own. Two Lincoln teammates hooked up on a 54 yard play to put the Sunshine state on the 1 yard line as quarterback C. Brimm and wide-out M. Garye connected. Two plays later on a fade route, Brimm found Garye again for the touchdown. Garye was selected as the offensive player of the game.
Trailing at the half 10-7, Team Florida claimed the lead on a 94 yard scoop-and-score by defender Z. Wade (Jefferson County). Wade was selected as the defensive player of the game for team Florida with a pair of pass breakups and 9 tackles.
After another Malagon field goal, Georgia trailed Florida 14-13 to start the 4th quarter. Cairo’s J.M. Owens led Georgia’s offense down the field as the clock began to tick below two minutes, and set his team up for at least a game-winning field goal with a 38-yard pass to Colquitt’s T. Powell. On the next play, H. Everson (Worth Co.) ran into the end zone from the 6, securing the victory for Georgia with less than a minute left.
War of the Border is an annual all-star football game for high school seniors from south Georgia and north Florida. This year’s game was played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Thomasville, GA