Warriors Outlast St Joseph 24-20, Move To 2-1Sep 17th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Community News, Sports
By William Smith
Greene Publishing, Inc.
They say that there are only two constants in life: death and taxes. They have obviously never experienced the brilliant emotion of pigskin game day, because then they might add “football is both freedom and bondage” to that list. The Aucilla Warriors experienced exactly what that means Friday evening, as they exorcised the demons of their previous loss with a cathartic 24-20 victory over the Flashes of St. Joseph in a thrilling back-and-forth game of wills. In what had been a grinding week where Aucilla was forced to play three games in the span of seven days due to a severe weather delay rescheduling of their first game against Branford, the Warriors entered into Friday’s fray with questions of toughness and desire from coaches. “Every practice this week after Monday’s loss to Branford has had one common theme: how much do you want to win?” head coach Colby Roberts said after the victory. “We told the boys, ‘We can’t play the games for you. You have to make the decision to be great, to practice the technique that we teach. Until that moment, you’re wasting your and this coaching staff’s time.’” Indeed, following that painful 23-22 loss to Branford after the Warriors led 16-0 at the half, the obvious thought when it came to the 2013 Aucilla football team might be whether or not the squad could win the close game. However, in less than a business week, Aucilla simultaneously made the loss a distant memory as well as answering the coaches’ calls for sacrifice in a fourth quarter, four down red-zone defensive stand for the win that was both exhilarating and exhausting for players, coaches, and fans. After a fairly sloppy showing by both offenses resulted in a 6-6 halftime score, both teams traded blow for blow in an entertaining second half that featured several breakaway plays and hard-nosed, bone-jarring hits from two determined defensive units. The Warriors leaned heavily on junior wide receiver Timothy Burrus, who turned in a performance worthy of the gridiron gods with 270 combined rushing and receiving yards and two scores, including the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter that secured the Aucilla victory. Burrus seemed nigh unstoppable on several plays as he wove in and out of defenders, refusing
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