Down 21-0, the Gadsden City Titans — winless in their first six games of the season and on a nine-game losing streak going back to 2017 — found a way to come back and claim a 31-24 victory over Florence in Class 7A, Region 4 action Friday night.

Big plays hurt the Titans early as two of Florence's first four plays went for more than 50 yards and a touchdown.

With 2:34 left in the first quarter, the Falcons had taken a three-touchdown lead, but Gadsden City had some late-quarter magic.

Quarterback DeMarcus Macon found Jaquan Woods for a 35-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the quarter to cut the lead to 21-7.

An interception by Joshua Richard put the ball back in the Titans' hands and Jamontez Woods had a 23-yard run to make the score 21-13 with 7:52 left until halftime.

The Titans withstood a fake punt and Hail Mary in the last minute of the half, but Florence scored first in the second half with a field goal.

Again the end of the quarter proved to be good for the Titans as Macon hit Trey Blount for a 52-yard score with 1:04 left. The two connected again on the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 24-21.

On the ensuing drive, Gadsden City got pressure on the quarterback, causing a fumble that Jamari Boston plucked from the air and returned for a touchdown, putting Gadsden City ahead 28-24.

The defense continued to shine as Samuel Goldthreate had an interception on the next drive to set up a drive that might have put the game away, but Florence blocked a 19-yard Gadsden City field goal.

Tyron Tripp then came up with a fumble recovery for the Titans that led to a 32-yard field goal from Carlos Flores to cap the scoring with 6:08 left in the game.

Florence had one last chance to score, but the Titans defense stood tall to deny a fourth-down attempt at their own 15-yard line with just over a minute left to play.

 

Play of the Game

After a shaky start, the Gadsden City defense settled into the game, and the pressure leading to Boston's fumble return for a touchdown proved to be the difference in the game.

 

Coachspeak

"Our coaching staff has been in a lot of big football games and had a lot of big wins throughout our career. When you get old, that happens, but this is as big a win as I've ever coached in in my career. To see this group of kids, this group of coaches, week after week after week, the ridicule, the people giving up on them, the people quitting on them — to know that they came in and fought every single day... and to do what they did tonight down 21 with people leaving the game early, they see that. What a great job by this group of kids. And what an awesome week for this program.

"We had 32 kids on the A or A and B honor roll when report cards came out yesterday, and to come back get this win tonight, I couldn't be more proud of this group of kids. Doing things the right way eventually pays off." — Gadsden City coach Bart Sessions

 

They Said It

"I was reading the (quarterback). I saw the ball in the air, and I just went and caught it and scored. That's my first touchdown ever — I've been playing for going on 12 years now, and it felt pretty great." — Boston

 

Up Next

Gadsden City (1-6, 1-4) travels to face Huntsville. Florence (3-5, 2-3) plays host to Grissom.