CORDELE — South Gwinnett simply ran out of time in its football game at Crisp County on Friday night.
The Comets came up a single yard short of the game-winning score when a penalty exhausted the final seconds in their 24-21 loss.
After Connor Richmond gave the host Cougars (3-2) the lead on a field goal with 2:33 remaining, South (2-2) quickly drove the field, and got down to the 1-yard line after 5-yard completion from Tre Truitt to Deshaun Robinson.
Truitt tried to stop the clock by spiking the ball, and appeared to do so with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Comets one last chance at the game-winning score.
But South was flagged on the play, and since the clock stopped on the penalty and with the team’s time outs exhausted, an automatic 10-second runoff was assessed, which ended the game and gave Class AAA Crisp its second straight win over a Class AAAAAAA opponent after beating Tift County 27-14 last week.
“We had a chance to win at the end, but they’re a good football team,” South Gwinnett coach Steve Davenport said of Crisp.
Robinson caught one of two touchdown passes from Truitt on the night, with Corey Johnston grabbing the other, while Remari Hudson also ran for a score for the Comets.