Kendrick's Jamar Comar was the Cherokees star on offense and defense as the two-way starter led his team to a hard-fought 12-6 win over Chattahoochee County Thursday night at Kinnett stadium.
Comar scored on a 46-yard run with only 3:41 left to play in the game to give Kendrick its first lead of the game.
After the ensuing kickoff in a penalty-filled final drive, Comar then broke up a pass in the end zone on the final play of the game to seal the win. The play was even sweeter as Comar intercepted a pass on the previous play with 6 seconds left in the game, but it was nullified by a pass interference penalty.
"You can't get any closer than that," said a relieved Kendrick coach Jerry Dukes after the game. "Both teams played hard and Comar played well both ways for us."
The win gave the Cherokees a 3-2 record in Region 5-AA, while the Panthers fell to 1-4. Both teams have 3-4 overall records.
"We know we will have to play better next Thursday because we will be meeting Manchester, the No. 2 team in the region. We cannot afford errors like we had tonight," Dukes added.
The Panthers' coach, Russell Morgan, had praise for his quarterback, Chris Askew, who was the offensive star for the visitors. However, Askew was hurt getting a first down on the 17 in that final drive and the Panthers used Chris Smith and Javaris Jones at the quarterback position but were unable to cash in.
"We had our chances tonight. Any time you get as close to the end zone as we did and don't score, it will hurt. On the fake field goal, our guy blocked instead of going out for the pass and Askew was stopped (on the 4) when we missed a block," Panther coach Russell Morgan said.
The Panthers got inside the 10 three times but failed to score. Both teams lost two fumbles and each had a poor play on punts, one muffed by the Panthers, while the Cherokees had a punt blocked.
Askew was almost all of the Chattahoochee County's offense as he ran for 131 yards on 19 rushes and passed for an additional 63. He scored the Panthers' only touchdown on the second offensive play, an 80-yard run.
Reno Lee rushed for 127 yards on 14 carries and Comar had 52 yards rushing and caught two passes for 22 yards and broke up three passes on defense.
Thursday at Kinnett StadiumChattahoochee Co. 6 0 0 0--6
Kendrick 6 0 0 6--12First Quarter
CC-Chris askew 80 run (kick failed), 10:58
K-Brandon Wade 2 run (run failed), 1:10
K-Jamar Comar 46 run (run failed), 3:41
Records: Chattahoochee County 3-4, 1-4; Kendrick 3-4, 3-2. Next: Chattahoochee County hosts Spencer on Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Kendrick, plays Manchester, at Kinnett, 7 p.m. Thursday