DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Looking to improve their record and snap a two game losing streak on homecoming, the Douglas County Tigers fell to visiting Harris County.
Douglas County (2-3) started strong and held to an early lead, but the Harris County offense proved just too tough to tame.
Although Harris County took first possession, the Douglas County defense came out with a strong showing to force the punt. Making gains on the ground early, the Douglas County offense moved downfield, but had to settle with a field goal from Carlos Serna to go up 3-0 with 7:27 on the clock.
Harris County did not answer on their next look and Douglas County took full advantage. After a blocked Harris County punt, Jaytlin Askew ran in for the touchdown and a 10-0 lead as the clock ticked down to 6:29.
Refusing to give up, Harris County finally caught their break as Esaias Chapman found a hole in the Douglas County defense and the end zone. With 4:37 Harris County trailed by three.
Making the most of their drive at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter, Douglas County widened the gap as Juanya Smith split right and ran straight past the Harris County defense for a TD. With 11:33 to go before the half, DC led 17-7.
Showing their tenacity, Harris County answered on a kick return, as AJ Howard eluded several defenders and sprinted to the goal, pulling his team to within three once again.
Harris County surged past the home Tigers on their following drive.
Sitting first and goal, Chapman earned another TD as he drove through the pile of Douglas County jerseys and pushed Harris County to a 21-17 lead with 7:26 to go.
Still looking to stretch their lead into the half, Tae Crowder got his chance for Harris County with 2:37 on the clock, as he slid left and in for his first TD of the night. Harris County now led 28-17.
Before the break Douglas County made a steady run toward the goal line but settled fora field goal and a 28-20 deficit at the half.
To start the third, Harris County continued to pound and this time TaQuon Marshall broke from the 38-yard line for another TD. The extra point was no good, but with 9:13 on the clock, Harris County was up 34-20.
After swapping fumble recoveries, Harris County was the first to capitalize when Marshall once again mastered a quarterback sneak and in for the score. This time securing the extra point, Harris County extended to a 41-20 lead.
As the clock wound down to 7:03 in the fourth, Harris County's Marshall earned his third TD of the half, giving his team a 28- point lead.
Earning one more shot before time ran out, Douglas County benefited from a drive led by Askew and punched one more across the goal line. With 4:04 left in the game, Douglas County was down 48-27 with their TD.
Allowing no further damage from Douglas County, Harris County played solid defense to hold to an impressive road victory.
-- Ashley Gulick, Douglas Sentinel