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October 18, 2013
It was an absolutely electric atmosphere in Tallahassee on Thursday night as the undefeated Rickards Raiders played host to the Godby Cougars with the District 2-5A crown up for grabs. Godby won the game and clinched the district title with a 38-22 victory.
The Cougars struck first when quarterback J.T. Bradwell kept it himself for a one yard touchdown run. No stranger to rising to the occasion in big time games, Bradwell turned in a solid performance once again tonight. Likewise, Rickards has also come to rely on their do it all quarterback Charlie Kelly. He put the Raiders on the board early in the 2nd quarter with a 7 yard touchdown scramble of his own.
Following the missed PAT attempt, Revonte Robinson returned the ensuing kickoff past midfield to set the Cougar offense up with terrific field position. After Bradwell found Stephen Gabbard for a huge gain inside the Rickards 15 yard line, Robinson finished what he started with a powerful touchdown run to put the Cougars ahead 14-6.
Two possessions later, the Cougars capitalized on an errant snap by the Raiders' special teams when P.J. Simmons scampered into the end zone from a few yards out to extend the Godby lead to 21-6. In the waning seconds of the first half, Rickards had a chance to cash in on a 1st and Goal from the 5 with 8 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Instead, Florida State commit Jacob Pugh sacked Kelly back at the 25 yard line to deny the Raiders any points.
"Great, great goal line stand by the defense. Can't say enough about the job they did, that was huge," said Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell about that crucial defensive stand.
After a couple of 3 and outs by both teams to begin the 2nd half, the Cougars added a field goal to their lead off the leg of Logan Roberts. However, the Raiders were able to jump right back into the game on their next defensive possession when Tusun Young intercepted a Bradwell pass and returned it all the way for a Raiders touchdown. Kelly then connected with Stephen Denmark on the two-point conversion attempt to cut the Cougar lead to 24-14.
From there, Revonte Robinson truly put his stamp on this game. Having been the work horse for the Cougars offense all night long, he was able to score his second touchdown of the night early in the 4th quarter to give his team a comfortable 31-14 lead. Humble in victory, Robinson credited his coaching staff and offensive line for his performance.
"I'm just thankful for my coaches for handing me the opportunity to touch the ball and to get those carries," Robinson said. "I'm thankful for my offensive line; they work so hard in the weight room. I'm just thankful to be in this position right now; I give all the glory to God."
Jaylin Hayward would go on to score for the Cougars with 2:20 left in the 4th quarter to increase their lead to 38-14. Jalen Ashby then returned the subsequent kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. After Rickards was able to recover the onside kick, Ladarian Smiley sealed the deal with an interception to give Godby their 3rd district title in 4 years.