Bears come up inches short

Published 12:12 am Saturday, September 19, 2009

Billingsley scored what appeared to be the game winning touchdown as time expired Friday, but Carlos Caver was marked down a half-yard short of the goal line and Autaugaville won, 14-12.

The Bears (2-2 overall, 2-2 Class 1A, Region 3) recovered a fumble—their fifth of the game—on the hosts’ 12-yard line with seven seconds remaining in the game.

Quarterback Mario Reese hit Caver in the flat, but the visitors were denied the win.

Both of Billingsley’s touchdowns came on pass plays from Reese to Raphael Brooks in the first half, from 42 yards out with 3:09 left in the first quarter and from 32 yards out with 10:31 left in the second period.

The score was 12-6 Billingsley at halftime, and Autaugaville scored what turned out to be the game winning touchdown on a 32-yard pass play with 4:21 left in the game.

Billingsley rushed 44 times for 174 yards.

Reese was 5-of-15 for 115 yards.

Caver led the defensive effort with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries. Anthony Edwards added six tackles.

Billingsley next week hosts Class 1A No. 5 Linden.