Posted: Saturday, October 20th 2012 at 1:30am
Flowery Branch storms back from 21-point halftime deficit
Flowery Branch defenders wrap up a Heritage ball carrier during the Falcons' comeback win on Friday in Flowery Branch. / photo: Amy Kellogg
FLOWERY BRANCH -- Anyone who doubts the explosiveness of Flowery Branch's offense only need ask Heritage.
After building a 27-6 halftime lead over the Falcons on Friday, the Patriots watched as Flowery Branch exploded for 29 points in the third quarter en route to a 35-27 comeback win.
The victory kept the Falcons (6-2, 6-0 Region 8-AAAAA) tied for first place in Region 8-AAAAA and showed, once again, that Flowery Branch cannot be counted out until the final whistle.
Flowery Branch vs Heritage-Conyers
Heritage put the Falcons under the gun from the start, as a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown gave the visiting Patriots a 7-0 lead just 1:01 into the contest.
Heritage pulled ahead 17-0 on a four-yard touchdown run from Tyler Weaver and a 23-yard field goal before Justin Curry put the Falcons on the board with a six-yard scoring run with 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
The good news proved short-lived for Flowery Branch, however, as Heritage tacked on 10 more unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 27-6 lead at the interval.
Cue the comeback.
Flowery Branch exploded out of the locker room, cutting into the Patriots' lead on a five-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jackson McDonald with 8:27 left in the third quarter. A successful two-point conversion cut the deficit to 27-14 and set up three more touchdowns from the Falcons.
Justin Curry added his second rushing score of the night, 26 yards, before Darius Curry hauled in a 30-yard scoring strike from McDonald to yield a 28-27 Flowery Branch lead that the Falcons would not yield. McDonald added the final touches with an 18-yard scoring pass to Jamaad Stephens with 4:25 left in the quarter to complete the stirring fightback.
The Falcons defense, meanwhile, held Heritage in check the rest of the way, allowing just 254 yards for the game.
The Falcons finished with 327 yards, including 210 on the ground. Justin Curry did much of the damage, rushing for 148 yards on 20 carriesm while McDonald added 35 yards rushing and 117 yards passing, completing 6 of 19 attempts.
The Falcons face another big test next week when they travel to face Clarke Central in another key 8-AAAAA contest.
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