As sometimes the case with an East Gadsden football game the action is more exciting than the outcome.
Last Friday night, the Jaguars journeyed to the next time zone to face a tough Niceville High School in a very loud hostile environment.
Niceville, a regional powerhouse, is known for attracting big crowds that jam their sunken bowl stadium. The place was packed and the school's large marching band blared constantly from the sidelines.
Though East certainly looked ready and gave the crowd pause early in the game when speedster Darious Johnson took off for 40 some yards.
But the surprised Eagles recovered quickly and rang up a 17-0 lead in the first half.
The Jaguars were all business as the second half started and our defense lived up to its preseason expectations.
Then in an unusual twist that had everyone on their feet. What appeared to be a mishandled ball by Jaguar quarterback Treveze Robinson -- back in his own territory -- ended up in the arms of Jarrell Reynolds and the junior took off, with everybody on the field chasing him.
He blew by his teammates and coaches on the sidelines close enough to brush them back en route to a 50 plus yard touchdown, outdistancing everyone along the way. With the point after it was now 17-7.
Still in the third quarter, the Jaguars recovered an Eagle fumble around their own 20. A play later, Robinson hooked up for a 49 yard touchdown. The extra point kick was no good, but the game was certainly in reach.
Niceville roared back with another touchdown, the Eagles defense dug in and quarterback Andrew Mitchell skillfully ran down the clock. The final score was 24-13.
"We're down one," said coach Corey Fuller to the team after the game. "We're got to get back up."
"Coming to game we honestly thought we could beat them," said Fuller afterwards. "Without the mistakes the score would have been different. You can't make the mistakes and we made them.
"Nobody expected the score to be like this."
He said they would look over the films, get the corrections made and be ready when the fans come out next week.
Of course the coach was referring the Friday night, Sept. 9 East Gadsden home game against Crescent City. Game time is 7 p.m.