By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent
Johnathan Kilgo converted 3 of 4 field goal attempts to lead the Gadsden City Titans to a 15-7 Class 7A first round playoff win at Mountain Brook last Friday (Nov. 4).
Kilgo kicked a 46-yard field goal with 2:38 to go to seal the win.
Mountain Brook had several opportunities late, but turned the ball over on downs inside the Titan 25-yard line late in the game.
“I told our kids you have to match Mountain Brook’s effort,” said Gadsden City coach Matt Scott. “They play hard every play and are not going to hand you anything, and I thought we did just that.”
Damon Williams finished with 191 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries for the Titans.
Gadsden City settled for three field goal attempts inside their opponent’s 21-yard line in the first half and held a 6-0 lead at halftime.
The Spartans took a 7-6 lead on their initial possession of the third quarter, driving 50 yards in three plays. Gadsden City finally got its offense rolling in the second half with Williams’ running.
Facing a fourth and 4 at the Spartan’s 38, Sparks connected with Jaelyn Fleming for a crucial first down to keep the drive alive. Williams found the end zone from three yards out three plays later for a 12-7 Titan lead.
Mountain Brook reeled off six plays late in the game that covered 52 yards and advanced to the Titan 25. Facing a third and seven, Joseph Tillis intercepted a pass inside the Titans’ 10-yard line to seal the victory.
Gadsden City travels to top-ranked Hewitt-Trussville this week for a quarterfinal game.