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September 3, 2013
College Park, MD - You just can't win 'em all and Godby found that out rather poignantly on a Labor Day afternoon ust outside the nation's Capitol.
The reigning 5A State Champions may not have come close on the scoreboard, but they were also lining up against one of the very few teams to prove their Top 20 national ranking over the opening weekend in the form of DeMatha Catholic out of Hyatsville, Maryland.
The Cougars gave up an uncharacteristic 300+ yards of offense while managing less than 200 yards with their talented weapons on offense. Quarterback J.T. Bradwell was disrupted by the Stags rush constantly, held to an extremely pedestrian 8-21 for 84 yards and 2 interceptions.
The Cougars only touchdown came via Kenny Young's 89yd kickoff return with just 15 seconds left in the 3rd Quarter, and until the middle of the fourth quarter, DeMatha WR Cameron Phillips had more yards receiving (136 on 7 receptions) than Godby's total offensive output for the game.
"DeMatha's got an outstanding team, we've got to give credit to them first off," said Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell. "There were so many things we did wrong, so many key turnovers; we got to play better against a team the caliber of DeMatha.
"We said going in that we could not afford to get behind to those guys, we couldn't afford to do that, but you know we don't regret playing the game." Cottrell continued. "This is a tremendous event, the Brothers-In-Arms is a tremendous organization and we're honored to be a part of it."
The DeMatha pressure was an issue, and at times his QB (Bradwell) appeared to be about as comfortable at the completion of his drops and beginning of his progressions as a swimmer in shark infested waters wearing a suit made of chum; but don't use the word "skittish" or suggest that it was entirely Bradwell's fault.
"I don't think it was skittish, I just think we didn't do a good job of picking up the blitz," Cottrell said. "We got to do a better job of having a blitz plan in place."
You just got to give their defense credit; they played good, we didn't score a touchdown (on offense) and their offense kept the ball away from us; it was proof they had a good plan."
So what's next for the reigning state champions in 5A? How about an all-night bus ride while watching their hometown Seminoles face Pitt, and then a 1st period school-bell ringing shortly before 8am; and practice for a game that's less than 96 hours from the start of it.
"Well, we have a game Friday and today's Monday, we've got Chiles and that's what's ahead; we have not really been talking about the 5A state championship, our guys have done a really good job of putting that behind us. We just got to play better."
"We've got an opportunity to play another game in a short amount of time against a quality football team like Chiles and that's what we've got up next."