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Jaguars end spring football season with shutout from Cougars

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TERRANCE CHISOLM

Times 

Sports Correspondent

Friday, May 23, East Gadsden concluded spring football season at Cox Stadium in Tallahassee as they battled the Cougars of Godby High School. This scrimmage marked the first time the Jaguar football team has played a live game under the leadership of their new Head Coach Antonio Carter. 

The Cougars received the ball first and scored on their opening drive to jump out to a 7-0 lead with 9:15 remaining in the first quarter. East Gadsden’s offense struggled on their opening series and was forced to punt. The Jaguars committed several mistakes in the opening period, including several missed tackles and a fumble, which allowed the Cougars to extend their lead by a score of 14-0 heading into the second quarter.

Godby continued to increase their dominance on both sides of the ball during the second quarter, as they produced four rushing touchdowns. Aside from a couple of nice runs, the Cougar’s defense bottled up the Jaguar offense and at the end of the first half they held a huge 40-0 advantage. 

East Gadsden’s tough times carried over to the second half as their offense continued to struggle to move the ball. The Jaguar defense did a better job of containing Godby’s high-powered running game in the second half, but the Cougars were still able to put up 16 additional points. The Jaguars were unable to find the end zone as they fell 56-0 to the Cougars.

After the scrimmage, Coach Carter shared these thoughts on the game and provided his outlook on the months ahead before the start of the regular season: “We got a great team. I’m proud of them; we’ve got some things to fix. We’ve got to get these guys playing fast; it’s going to turn on. We’re going to keep working; we’re going to bring our hardhats and boots and go to work.”