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December 1, 2012
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JACKSONVILLE - For the Tallahassee Godby Cougars, there's no place like the road in the Class 5A playoffs in 2012.
Godby scored the last 28 points of the game in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat Jacksonville Bishop Kenny 64-29 in the 5A, Region 1 Final at Parete Field on the St. Johns River Friday night.
Godby (12-1) won it's third straight playoff game on the road and advances to another road game next Friday night in the 5A state semifinal at Tampa Robinson, a 49-21 winner over previously undefeated Dade City Pasco in the 5A, Region 2 final.
On Friday night in Jacksonville, the Cougars showed that speed kills, and while Bishop Kenny's potent offense kept the Crusaders in the game until early in the fourth quarter, Godby finally wore down BK in the final nine minutes of the game.
Bishop Kenny (9-4), playing in the first regional final in school history, came out on fire on the opening drive of the game as the Crusaders went right down the field and scored in a little over two minutes. Junior quarterback John Wolford threw a nine yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Trey Johnson to give Kenny the early 7-0 lead.
Godby then scored the next 24 points of the game. Running back Khalid Thomas scored on a 2 yard run to tie the game at 7 midway through the opening quarter. Then after a Godby interception of Wolford, the Cougars settled for a 24 yard field goal by Tryton Johnson to take a 10-7 lead after the opening quarter.
After another interception of Wolford, Godby's speed began to take over. Junior running back Kenny Young took a handoff around right end for an 83 yard touchdown run to give the Cougars a 17-7 edge.
Halfway through the second quarter, Bishop Kenny lost senior star wide receiver/defensive back Ahmad Fulwood to a shoulder injury. Fulwood, a University of Florida commitment, was unable to return in his final game in a Bishop Kenny uniform. This injury really set the Crusaders defense back for the rest of the game.
Right after the injury to Fulwood, Godby junior quarterback J.T. Bradwell went deep down the middle of the field to Young for a 66 yard strike that gave the Cougars a 24-7 lead with 1:25 left before halftime.
Bishop Kenny struck quickly though before the half, scoring in 52 seconds. Wolford capped off the drive with a 19 yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Mo Tapper, and the Crusaders cut the Godby lead to 24-14 at the half.
The teams then traded touchdowns through the third and into the fourth quarter. Bradwell took off on a 13 yard run for six points on the opening drive of the second half to extend Godby's lead again to 30-14.
But Bishop Kenny again came right back, as Wolford hit junior running back Cameron Singletary on a fourth down pass for a 13 yard score. The two point conversion was good and suddenly BK was within one score at 30-22.
But as they did all night, Godby quickly answered. After a kick return to midfield, Kentucky commt Thomas went untouched 50 yards to the end zone to once again extend the Cougars lead to 36-22.
Bishop Kenny continued to fight back, driving right back down the field and once again scoring on fourth down as Wolford found a leaping Johnson in the back of the end for a 5 yard scoring pass. Suddenly the Crusaders were back within a touchdown at 36-29 with 9:22 to go.
But again the Cougars quickly answered. After another good kick return near midfield, Bradwell kept it himself and scampered 52 yards to the end zone to again extend Godby's lead to 43-29. Godby then scored three more touchdowns in the last 8 minutes and 45 seconds as the Cougars speed and big-play ability finally wore down a scrappy Bishop Kenny team.
Godby rushed for 462 yards in the game. Thomas led the way with 143 yards on only 19 carries and two TD's while Bradwell added two TD's on the ground and two through the air as well. Young also had a long touchdown receiving and on the ground for the Cougars, who ended up with 546 yards total offense.
Bishop Kenny was led by Wolford, who completed 18 of 38 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
Singletary rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries, and Tapper and Johnson both had seven receptions to lead the Crusaders receivers. Johnson had two TD's receiving and Tapper one in their final games in a Bishop Kenny uniform.