The New Brockton Gamecocks (4-4) saw another game come down to the wire but this time fell 19-13 at home against Dothan’s Northside Methodist Knights (1-6) by a score of 19-13 on a late touchdown throw.
Northside snapped an 8-game losing streak that dates back to last October with the win over New Brockton.
Late in the game, New Brockton trailed 13-7 but a long 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive was capped off by a 7-yard Drew Cashin touchdown run with just 3:07 to play. The PAT would have given New Brockton its only lead of the game but the attempt failed and the game remained knotted at 13-13.
Northside – which had not scored a point since late in the second quarter – responded with a 5-play scoring drive capped off with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Carter Stevens to running back Braylen Clements.
According to New Brockton coach Zack Holmes, the Gamecocks were in man-to-man defense on the play and someone didn’t cover the running back leading to a wide-open touchdown throw. The score gave Northside a 19-13 lead with 1:50 remaining. New Brockton’s Matt Smith then blocked the PAT.
With just under two minutes remaining, New Brockton senior quarterback Kaden Cupp entered the game for the first time since week four after suffering a leg injury that has kept him sidelined ever since.
“He’s obviously not 100 percent yet but we felt like his arm gave us a shot there to throw it down the field,” Holmes said.
Cupp and New Brockton offense got the ball near midfield and on fourth-and-10, Cupp found Cashin for a nine yards coming up just short of the first down marker and turning the ball over on downs. Northside was then able to run the clock out.
“I think we played really hard for most of the game,” Holmes said. “I don’t think our effort was really ever a question but our execution level was not really good.
“I think for the past two weeks we’ve had games that we should have been in a better place to have a chance to win but our execution just wasn’t where it needed to be. We have to do a better job of coaching our guys and (the players) have to do a better job of executing.”
For the majority of the game, New Brockton ran a “Wild Gamecock” offense that saw running backs taking snaps in the shotgun and utilizing the read option. It worked as the Gamecocks piled up 255 yards on the ground, which was more than Northside’s total yardage output.
“We had more rushing yards than they had total offense but that tells you’re not doing something right when you lose despite that,” Holmes said. “You’re not making good decisions and doing things like getting behind the chains with penalties and stuff like that.
“You don’t get points for yards, you have to finish drives. We made a lot of mistakes that ended up hurting us in the end.”
In the first half, Northside scored on a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs, while Cashin scored on a 10-yard run.
Senior running back Jamarcus Brown had a big day for the Gamecock with a career-high 145 yards on 24 carries, while he also completed all three of his pass attempts for six yards. Cashin also rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He also completed 2-of-3 pass attempts for 18 yards. Freshman Baylon Foster rushed for 10 yards and completed all three of his pass attempts for four yards.
On defense, Cashin recorded eight tackles and Tre Boland earned six tackles and a tackle-for-loss. Anthony Silar recorded three tackles and an interception.