MONTEZUMA -- A riveting, back-and-fourth, down-to-the-wire high school football game between Fitzgerald and Macon County on Friday resulted in a 41-34 Fitzgerald victory.
“It was a heck of a win for our team, and it certainly was an exciting game for both schools,” Fitzgerald head coach Jason Strickland said. “Our kids really hung in there and battled (Friday), especially in an atmosphere like this.”
The game started off with a 7-yard touchdown run by Fitzgerald quarterback Gerald Morgan, who made his presence known all game long.
Later in the first quarter, Macon County quarterback Khari Lane threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devontae Hudson to tie things at 6.
In the second quarter, Macon County running back Jared Daniels, who finished with 58 yards on 10 carries, scrambled for a 27-yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs up 13-6. Fitzgerald’s Morgan answered with a 1-yard touchdown run off a quarterback sneak to tie the score at 13.
After two fourth-down stops by both defenses, Fitzgerald’s Morgan broke through for a 47-yard touchdown run to put the Purple Hurricane up 20-13. Macon County’s Lane responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass to wideout Roquan Smith to even the contest at 20 heading into halftime.
On the second play of the third quarter, Macon County took back the lead when Lane tossed a short screen pass to Hudson that resulted in a 78-yard touchdown that pushed the lead to 27-20.
On a bizarre play on a first-and-goal for Macon County from the Fitzgerald 7, Lane handed the ball off to Hudson, who fumbled on the 1. Fitzgerald’s defensive back Daniel Rivera picked the ball up and ran 100 yards to tie it at 27.
In the fourth quarter, Fitzgerald’s Morgan scored a touchdown off a 2-yard run to give the Purple Hurricane a 34-27 lead. On the next series, Lane (259 yards, three touchdown passes) threw a 52-yard bomb down the sidelines to Hudson (six catches, 241 yards, three touchdowns) to even the game at 34.
On the ensuing series, Morgan scored on a 26-yard touchdown run once again to put Fitzgerald ahead 41-34, holding on to win the game.
Morgan finished the game with 32 carries, 222 rushing yards, and five touchdown runs.
“Our quarterback Gerald Morgan was our leader (Friday) and general (Friday),” Strickland said. “He was huge (Friday) for us.”