By Rick Veazey, Contributing Writer:
The Devildogs finished their regular season at Berea on Friday night. After last week's win at Eastside, the Devildogs needed a win against Berea and an Emerald victory at Eastside in order to have a shot at the playoffs. The Bulldogs hoped that having Stevie Williams back would help them to win their first region game of the year.
Berea stopped the Devildogs on their first possession forcing a punt and then moving down the field with Williams leading the way and scoring with 5 minutes left in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. The Devildogs answered with a drive ending in a Gomia-to-Young TD pass with only seconds left in the first quarter. The extra point gave the Devildogs a 7-6 lead.
The Devildogs were able to adjust and slow down Berea's running attack. With Berea's defense concentrating on stopping Zay Terry, the Devildogs took advantage with Gomia faking a handoff to Terry and scoring with 5:57 left in the half.
Williams scored his second touchdown in the third quarter, but the two point conversion came up short to allowing the Devildogs to keep the lead, 14-12. The Devildogs put together another nice drive in the third quarter and Zay Terry scored with 11:12 left in the game to give the Devildogs a 21-12 lead.
A Berea score with 8 minutes left in the game cut the Devildog lead to 21-19. Zay Terry had his best run of the night moments later with a 56-yard pickup. The Devildogs moved the ball to the two yard line and had a chance to put the game away., but the Bulldogs forced a fumble on fourth down and took over.
Berea moved the ball down the field as time was running down and decided to attempt a field goal on third down at the Devildog 10 yard line with 10 seconds left in the game. The kick was low and the Devildogs took a knee with 6 seconds left in the game to take the 21-19 win and move to 6-4 on the season.
With two minutes left in the game at Eastside, Emerald trailed 30-27 but ended up defeating Eastside 41-27. With that loss, Eastside and Travelers Rest finished with region records of 3-4. The Devildogs will take the fifth place seed in Region 2 since they beat Eastside head to head. Playoff brackets will be announced later.
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