“I am very proud of the way that we played, but Coach Beckett has done a great job with Winterboro,” TC Central head coach Damien Dorsey said. “He has done an excellent job. They pushed us to the limit. My guys, we didn’t underestimate them and rightfully so. They came out and played.
“I am more proud of the resiliency - we never gave up. Maybe we can turn the corner here, and I am just proud of them. We lost a couple of guys (to injury), so we have to come back and see what’s going on, but I am very proud of these gentlemen. I am proud of Ze’Kyle, he had a chance to score and we didn’t. He came back and he did what the coach finally told him to do and scored both times. I am proud of that.”
Winterboro scored 14 unanswered points to send the game to overtime. The Bulldogs received the ball to open the extra period. After an offsides penalty on TC Central, Jaylen Ashley scored a touchdown from five yards out. The extra point by Jutorius Cook was good to put the Bulldogs up 21-14.
The Fighting Tigers went backward on their first two plays of the possession. TC quarterback Ze’Kyle Stockdale connected with Cededrick Garrett for a 10-yard touchdown, but the points were wiped off the board with an illegal receiver down field penalty. After two more plays that failed to get TC Central back to the original of scrimmage, the Fighting Tigers had one chance to score. On fourth down from the 11 yard line, Stockdale found Jeremy Allen, who caught the pass on his knees in the end zone to cut the Winterboro lead down to 21-20.
TC Central decided to go for the win instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game. Stockdale rolled out toward the right sideline and from the 2 yard line he dove towards the end zone and stuck the ball over the goal line while being hit by a Winterboro defender for the game-winning conversion to give the Fighting Tigers a 22-21 advantage.
“God is good,” Stockdale said. “I give the credit to my o-line, my running backs and my wide receivers. It wouldn’t have happened without them. The trusted me and I trusted them and I just made it happen.”
Winternboro’s first year head coach Allan Beckett was pleased with his team’s effort on Friday night.
“First off, I am happy that my kids played four quarters,” Beckett said. “I have been down on them. I hope we build off this instead of going backwards. I thought a lot of kids played hard, you can’t name enough - Deshawn Garrett, Detrica Gaddis and Michael Garrett. I thought Brady Wideman, our quarterback, played hard… Jaylen Ashley stopped them all night. They probably ran eight or nine fades at him and he gave one up right there at the end. That is what this thing is about the good times and the bad times. I thought we did a great job of battling back. This transition has been rough; adversity has really gotten the best of us. Tonight I was proud that we battled back from 14-0 to be in the position to play. That is the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.”
The Fighting Tigers took the opening drive 83 yards for a touchdown. Kylan Cross got things started for TC Central with a 20-yard run to Winterboro 30 yard line. Penalties pushed them back to the Bulldogs’ 44 yard line. On third and 24, Stockdale broke a couple of tackles and sprinted down the left sideline for a 40 yard gain down to the 4 yard line. Stockdale scored from a yard out on fourth and goal. Stockdale converted the two-point conversion to give TC Central an 8-0 lead with 6:18 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over on their first possession of the game. Brady Wideman was picked off by Corey White at the Winterboro 45 yard line.
White connected with Delveccihus Wright on back-to-back plays for a total of 35 yards down to the Winteboro 10 yard line. Jeremy Allen capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run to increase the Fighting Tigers’ lead to 14-0 as time expired in the first quarter.
The Fighting Tigers took a huge blow early in the second quarter as Corey White went down with a broken ankle.
Winterboro (0-3,0-2) finally got something going late in the second quarter. A failed fake punt attempt gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Fighting Tigers’ 18 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Jaylen Ashley was tackled in the backfield for a five-yard loss. On the next play, Cardri Duncan broke a couple tackles for a 24 yard gain down to the goal line. Ashley capped off the drive on the next play with a touchdown. The PAT by Cook was good to make it 14-7.
TC Central allowed the Bulldogs to get back into the game in the third quarter. Another high snap on a punt attempt gave Winterboro the football at the TC Central 18 yard line.
DeShawn Garrett scored a few plays later to the tie the game at 14-14 with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
Winterboro takes on St.Jude on Friday. TC Central travels to takes on Wadley next Friday.