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September 6, 2013
JACKSONVILLE -- Jaris Scott had already had a potentially game winning field goal blocked and another fall short when he lined up in double overtime to try a 32 yarder that would seal the game.
First Coast's kicker found redemption just inside the right goal post and gave the Buccaneers a 19-16 victory over the Fletcher Senators.
The two best public schools in Northeast Florida put on a show for the thousands in attendance Friday night.
"We buried the demon of Buccholtz tonight" coach Marty Lee said after the game, referring to last season's playoff loss. "I'm proud of Jaris and proud of this team. These kids kept fighting back."
It started with a muffed punt with 22 seconds left in regulation of a 10-10 tie between the Gateway conference rivals.
Fletcher gave the Bucs the ball on their own 14 yard line and what looked like a gift wrapped win. Then the Senators blocked what would have been a game winning field goal on third down only to see First Coast recover the ball and get another shot at the win, but wouldn't you know it, the kick was short.
First Coast got the ball first in overtime and promptly scored on a Tony Biggins run, then had the extra point blocked.
First Coast dug in and blocked a PAT of their own forced another overtime.
The Senators were backed up by sacks and penalties and sent Codan Breckenridge out to try a 52-yard kick. He had already hit from 48, but this kick fell just short and First Coast got the ball back.
"I thought I would get another chance," Scott said afterward, "I just had to keep focused."
His focus paid off in the form of win for First Coast.
The Buccaneers improve to 2-0 for the season, Fletcher falls to 1-1.