Kicker Garrett Lunceford kicks 20 yard field goal late in 4th quarter for a PCS winBy JESSE JOHNSON,
Good field position and defense are two factors that win football games. With strong play on defense, it was the kicking game of the Presbyterian Christian Bobcats that lead to a 3-0 victory when they hosted Sumrall Friday night.
It took 43 minutes and 4 seconds before any points were scored in a long, hard-fought battle mixed with solid defense and a strong kicking game. Those points were made in a 20-yard field goal by PCS senior kicker Garrett Lunceford with 4:56 remaining in the final quarter of play resulting in a 3-0 win for PCS.
First half turnovers and stout defensive play for both teams translated into a stalemate going into the half at 0-0. Both teams looked good running the ball only to turn the ball over or create penalties bringing the ball back. There were more than 10 penalties in the first half of play.
PCS Head Coach Derek White wasn’t pleased with the play of his team after two quarters.
“Going into halftime I told them we played about as bad as we could have played,” he said. “We turned the ball over three of four times and they (Sumrall) turned the ball over only once. That is not good for us.”
That message was heard loud and clear by his team coming out after the half with the defense only allowing 46 total yards in the second half.
PCS Senior Garrett Lunceford averaged 42 yards per punt giving the field position momentum to PCS.
With 9:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, PCS recovered a fumble at midfield. The recovery was followed by big runs of 25, 8 and 12 yards, eventually leading to a 20-yard game-winning kick by Lunceford.
Following the game, Garrett explained the process of the winning kick at a crucial time as well as his steady punting game.
“I’m always nervous before every kick,” Lunceford said. “But once I get up there, I zoned out and it all went away. With my punting I really focus on catching the ball and the drop, because my drop is the most important thing.”
This is the second week in a row the Bobcats have pulled away in the fourth quarter to win the ballgame.
“We earn the right to win,” Derek White said. “Our kids and our coaches do an amazing job. Our guys have bought in on what we are doing. We believe if we are ever up 14 or down 14 heading into the fourth quarter, we are going to win the football game. Our kids showed that tonight and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”