GWA disappointed in semifinal loss

<P>The fact that his team came close to winning was no comfort to George Walton Academy football coach Don Williams.

The GWA Bulldogs fell 22-20 to Westfield in the GISA AAA semifinals last Friday in Perry. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown with four minutes left to pull within two points, but a failed two-point conversion attempt left them two points shy of playing for their first title since moving up to AAA. Westfield's Zach Yelton kicked the game-winning field goal in Westfield's 22-20 upset victory at the Hornets Nest.

Westfield, which has risen to fourth place in the GISA AAA Georgia Varsity Sports Vent Power Ratings, with a 92.32 score, is looking ahead to a rumble with Deerfield (12-2-0) (2-1-0) Friday night in Perry. Deerfield is rated number two on the Power Ratings with a 96.07.

Even three days after the game, Williams had a tough time masking his disappointment.

"I couldn't believe we weren't able to win it," the veteran GWA coach said. "I believe we can take what we accomplished this year and build on it. We have some good players who will be back next season."

It was a tale of two halves last Friday. Westfield controlled the first half en route to a 19-7 lead while GWA dominated the second half, outscoring the Hornets 13-3.

"I thought we would have been able to run the football more on them," Williams said. "They must have been quicker than we thought. It was sad for the season to come to an end. However, they made the plays it took to win, and we didn't."

The Bulldogs had chances to get even more points in the final two quarters. GWA turned the football over on downs three times inside Westfield territory.

Twice, the Dogs were inside the Hornet 30-yard line and did not score.


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