The Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School football season came to a close last Friday with an exciting 49-34 loss to West Gadsden.
After battling to a 12-7 lead after the first quarter the Gators (2-8) saw the Panthers push across 28-straight points as the teams entered the final period.
But Wewahitchka made those last 12 minutes count, scoring three touchdowns to pull to 49-34 before the clock ran out on the comeback.
“It was a really exciting game,” said Wewahitchka assistant Taylor Smith. “It was a real encouraging game because after we fell into a deep hole the team really fought back.
“We don’t have a lot of seniors graduating so this was a good effort to go into next season.”
Junior quarterback Rashard Ranie accounted for 339 total yards of offense, rushing 31 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns and completing 5 of 10 passing for 130 yards.
Jarvar Hill rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries.
Cameron Laster rushed for 13 yards and Tad Gaskin 11 yards.
Brett Satterfield caught four passes for 83 yards and Issac Madrid caught one for 47 yards.
The Gators took the opening kickoff and drove the length of the field to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Hill.
The extra point kick was blocked and West Gadsden took the lead minutes later after a 60-yard touchdown run and an extra point conversion to make it 7-6.
Wewahitchka answered with another sustained drive culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run by Hill, the drive sparked by a 47-yard completion from Ranie to Madrid.
West Gadsden converted a bobbled Wewahitchka snap into one touchdown and had a 25-yard touchdown run before halftime which ended 21-12 Panthers.
The Panthers were driving again near the end of the second quarter when Satterfield registered a 10-yard quarterback drive that snuffed out the march.
West Gadsden took the second half kickoff and turned it into a scoring drive and a 90-yard pass-and-run made it 35-12 after three quarters.
But Hill scored early in the fourth and Ranie ran in for the two-point conversion.
West Gadsden returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown but the Gators responded with a drive that ended on a 30-yard touchdown run by Ranie. The extra point try was no good.
Laster recovered an onside kick on the next kickoff and Ranie scored from the 3 minutes later, hitting Madrid for the two-point conversion to pull to 42-34 before the Panthers scored a late touchdown.