Lightning strikes twice

Published 11:16 pm Thursday, July 10, 2008

ISABELLA – The host team could have become satisfied with the thought of second place after falling behind Wadley 19-9 with 1:48 left to play Thursday in the championship game a 7-on-7 camp.

But the Mustangs forgot about the heat, the rain, the seven games they had already played and, yes, the improbability of a comeback and took a 28-19 win.

“We know we finish strong,” Isabella coach Lanny Jones said. “We started out slow, but we competed, which is what you want to see.”

Wadley’s defense made a stop – which earns a team two points in 7-on-play – with just under two minutes left to seemingly put the game out of reach.

But Norman Craig intercepted a pass on the next play to get his team back in the game at 19-2.

Isabella quarterback Allen Edwards then found Brandon Green from 12 yards out with 25 seconds on the clock.

The two-point conversion attempt was reeled in by Craig, the Isabella defense made a stop and Edwards hooked up with Green for another touchdown with time expiring.

The win was the icing on a successful day for Isabella, which went 7-1 overall. The Mustangs only loss was a 1-point decision to the same Wadley team earlier in the day.

Jemison won four games and tied one before being knocked out of the single-elimination tournament that concluded the day.

Chilton County High went 3-3 on the day, and Billingsley finished 3-4.