By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
December 11, 2018
ATLANTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Bainbridge saw a 28-7 halftime lead disappear as Warner Robins scored 28 unanswered points in the second half, but the Bearcats outlasted the Demons in three overtimes to win the school's second-ever championship, 47-41.
The Bearcats and Demons traded field goals through each of the first two overtimes and it was Bainbridge who scored the first touchdown of the extra sessions on a quarterback keeper by Quayde Hawkins to give the Bearcats a 47-41 lead after the two point conversion was no good.
Warner Robins could not score on the next possession, having a fade pass to the corner of the end zone get batted away, to seal the title for Bainbridge.
The game started as an offensive struggle for both the Bearcats and Demons, as each team finished the opening 12 minutes with a combined 28 yards of offense. But, that doesn't mean there weren't explosive moments.
In one minute and 20 seconds of game time, the Bearcats scored the game's first 21 points, taking advantage of Warner Robins miscues.
The first score of the game came in the form of a punt return for a touchdown with just under three minutes left to play in the opening quarter after the Demons miffed a punt off the foot, allowing Anthony Brooks to snag it out of the air and take it to the house from 25 yards out, giving the Bearcats a 7-0 lead.
Bainbridge struck again, this time with a defensive score. Warner Robins quarterback Dylan Fromm threw an interception off a wobbly pass into the hands of Bryce Worthy on the first play from scrimmage following the punt return and Worthy took it to the end zone from 32 yards out to give Bainbridge a 14-0 lead.
After struggling to get in sync prior to the quick 14-0 run for the Bearcats scored the game's first offensive touchdown on a trick play when Caleb McDowell found Aaron Spivie for a 24-yard touchdown -ass to pace BHS to a 21-0 lead.
Bainbridge opened the second quarter with a touchdown from McDowell, this time a rush, to cap off a three play, 57 yard drive to make it a 28-0 game.
Warner Robins scored their first points of the game with five and a half minutes left in the second quarter, marching 74 yards in six plays, but the Bearcats seemingly blew the doors open again in the third quarter on a 30-yard pick six from Deyon Bouie to make it a 35-7 score.
From there, the Demons kicked it into high gear, scoring 28 unanswered points to close regulation.
Warner Robins thought they had an opportunity for a game winning field goal, but the kick was blocked as time expired as the Bearcats forced the game into extra periods.
Bainbridge thought they had won the game in the second overtime with a touchdown pass across the middle, but an illegal formation penalty negated the score.
The Bearcats finished the game 3-of-17 on third downs and totaled 183 yards of offense.
Warner Robins out gained the Bearcats in total yards, with 367, as BHS used quick strikes or opportunistic defense and special teams to score while Warner Robins took long, methodical drives to put points on the board.