Rams run one point short of Bobcats, 7-6

Eastside quarterback Austin Mowry is pulled down by Buchholz' Travis Timmons during second quarter play Friday at Citizen's Field.

AARON DAYE/Gainesville Guardian
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 6:46 p.m.
The Rams of Eastside High School fought their hearts out last Friday night against the Buchholz Bobcats but came up an extra point short of tying the game and possibly forcing overtime. The Rams lost to the Bobcats by the same score, 7-6, as last year.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, Eastside put itself in position to tie the game late on a touchdown toss from Austin Mowry to Cameo Towns. The Bobcats blocked the extra point, and the Rams were sent home again with thoughts of what if.
Don't be fooled, though. This year's edition of the Rams is a tough one. The defense hit the Bobcats hard and often. At least three Bobcats had to be helped off of the field. And the offense will come around as it gets more work, and as roles are more fully defined.
"Kent is a good friend of mine, and I think he has his team headed in the right direction," said Buchholz Head Coach Jay Godwin, referring to head Ram Kent Johnson. "I think both teams played well, especially the defenses. The offenses will come around in time, and you can tell both teams suffered from first-game rustiness."
Godwin said the game was as close as the score indicated.
"Nobody wore the other team out," he said. "You work hard on being in condition to play four quarters, and both teams did that. The key to the game was that the ball just happened to bounce our way Friday night. It could have easily bounced Eastside's way."
Godwin went on to expound on the perceived gap between the programs.
"I don't know if there is a gap, per se," said Godwin. "Sometimes we win, and sometimes Eastside wins. Winning is a result of the efforts of the players and assistant coaches. Our biggest asset as a program has been the continuity provided by our assistant coaches."
He praised Johnson, and said the Ram faithful should be proud of him.
"Kent has done a good job rallying the troops," Godwin said.

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