Ashford Academy Wins Season Opener on Last Second Field Goal

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

Blake Hutto had missed an extra point already, and his team had chosen to go for two-point conversions on three other touchdowns. But, when it mattered most, Hutto made one of the biggest kicks of his life.

Hutto hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Ashford Academy past Southwest Georgia Academy in the season opener for both teams. The Falcons snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Warriors dating back to 1975, but it wasn't easy.

The Warriors overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half, taking a 25-24 lead in the fourth quarter. But, the Falcons got the ball late, and drove to the 17-yard line, giving Hutto a chance to make his game-winning kick.

The Warriors scored first, on a 53-yard touchdown run from Alex Chambless. The Falcons responded with two scores, as Trey Johnston hit Colby Turvin with a touchdown pass on 4th-and-21, and Johnston scored on a keeper. Ashford Academy (1-0) missed two-point conversions both times, leading 12-7.

Southwest Georgia Academy (0-1) battled back to take a 13-12 halftime lead, before the Falcons built a 24-13 lead in the third quarter. The Warriors battled back to take the lead, before falling on the final play of the game.

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