Senators miss playoffs with loss

  • A Fletcher player runs the field during the team's game against Mandarin. (photo by Caroline Wilber)
    A Fletcher player runs the field during the team's game against Mandarin. (photo by Caroline Wilber)

Oct. 31 was a huge challenge for the 2019 Fletcher football team.
With a win, the team could slide into a playoff spot in 7-A post play, but the challenge would be the defending 8-A State Champion Mandarin Mustangs, led by University Georgia commit Carson Beck. The first quarter was dominated by Mandarin as the Mustangs put up 14 points. The second quarter saw the Senators score and the defense came to life. Half time was 14 to 7 with Mandarin in the lead.
“I have no clue what happened early, but we woke up and made a game of it,” said Coach Brown.
Fletcher received the kick off and tied the game 14 to 14.
Mandarin's RPO offense was in a good rhythm and quickly made the score 20 to 14. Jeff Davis blocked the extra point. Mandarin would score early in the fourth quarter to create a 27 to 14 hole for Fletcher.
The offense that has been raking up yardage on the ground all year was not going away quietly. Behind a vaunted O-line, Myles Montgomery had 221 yards rushing with two touchdowns and Jabbari Williams would add another score close the gap to 21 to 27 with 6:00 to go.
The defense would stop Mandarin on a fourth down attempt and the Senators got the ball back with 2:20 left on the clock. Merritt Reynolds (8) and Josh Davis (7) led the team in tackles on the night. When a fourth and 10 pass attempt was tipped, the “Beach Rats” season came to a close.
“We should all be proud of how this team never stopped competing; they always came to play,” said Brown. Fletcher finished the 2019 season 6-4 (4-1 in district). The team reeled off five wins in a row after starting the year 1-3.

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