It was a little different when the Yulee Hornets came to East Gadsden last week, they had been predicted to win the regional title.
They rolled in with a highly rated running back, big Derrick Henry, who could play quarterback and kick with a strong supporting cast.
A missed field goal cost East its first chance to get on the board, but minutes later they earned a safety as a bad snap ended up in the end zone when the Hornets attempted a punt.
And the first quarter ended 2-0 in favor of East.
But Henry broke loose for a short run-in touchdown midway through the second quarter. The successful point after made it 7-2 Yulee.
The Jaguars answered with their own TD as Jaron Reynolds hauled in a deep pass from quarterback Treveze Robinson. The two-point try failed and it was 8-7 East.
But that lead did not last as a safety was called against the Jaguars when Robinson was forced to dump the ball and called for intentional grounding in the end zone.
That made it 9-8 at the half in favor of Yulee.
Speedster Darious Johnson dashed 36 yards to give East another six points. The kick was no good and the Jaguars led 14-9, to close out the third quarter.
Then came the defining play of the game, perhaps the defining type play of the Jaguar season -- seizing an opportunity -- something they regularly.
Sophomore JaJuan Perkins recovered a Hornet fumble at about the two-yard line and ran it back 98 yards for a touchdown. The kick after was good and the Jaguars finally had a solid lead at 21-9,
Yulee scored again on a short pass play with about 3 minutes left in the game. A good kick gave them the full seven and it was 21-16.
Then it had to happen, since no one in the crowd could probably remember the last time Jarrell Reynolds had not scored in a game, he carried one in from three yards out making the final score, 27-16.
While Yulee had kept pressing and threatening throughout the game, their offense never seemed to get on track as the crowed was treated to some awesome blocking, tackling and hitting by the Jaguars. It was not unusual to see Yul Perkins stopping their runner short or watch Curtis Alexander and Zemaric Holt simultaneously hitting the ball carrier.
With the regional win that MaxPreps had predicted would go to Yulee, East will travel to Jacksonville on Friday to face Bolles High School in the state semifinals.
"It was a tough game, very tough game," said coach Corey Fuller. "Them kids play hard over there ... that number 2 (Henry)was everything they advertised about him.
"But we were up to the challenge, we made the plays we had to make."