Tigers fade in fourth quarter in opening loss to Bulldogs

confoot-4sideline (2)Conway High appeared poised to reassert itself as regional power in Friday night’s season opener against visiting Georgetown. Then came the fourth quarter.

Leading 17-13 in The Backyard with 12 minutes remaining, the Tigers let their golden opportunity to get the season started on a winning note slip away against the Bulldogs.

Georgetown’s Jalil Smith scored on a short touchdown run to open the final frame, but a missed 2-point conversion left the door open for Conway. The Bulldogs slammed it in the Tigers’ faces on Michael Billings’ 40-yard touchdown run to ice the 26-17.

It was Billings’ third TD run of the game after converting a pair of short scoring runs in the first half. Meanwhile, Conway’s only offense was a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown by Bryan Edwards and a last-second field goal by Johnathan Nichols to cut the deficit to 13-10 at halftime.

The Tigers used special teams to get their offense kick-started again in the third period when Nigel Palmer blocked a Bulldogs’ punt. Jah’Maine Martin scored from 4 yards out on the ensuing possession to give the Tigers a 17-13 lead.

But they couldn’t stop Billings and the Bulldogs in the final frame as Conway (0-1) suffered its second straight season-opening loss to the Bulldogs (1-0).

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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