Pierce County’s comeback among best of first round; fumble sparks Bears’ rally from 27-14 with 2:11 left

Four first-round playoff games were decided by overtime on Friday, but none beat the comeback victory by Pierce County – which trailed 27-14 with 2 minutes left and didn’t have the ball. Pierce County wound up beating Central-Carroll 33-27.

The comeback began with 2:11 left in regulation when Pierce LB Deshaves Hagan forced a bad pitch on an option play. Safety Darius Foreman recovered and ran the fumble  65 yards for a touchdown. That made it 27-21.

Pierce failed to recover an onside kick but Central went for fourth-and-6 around the Pierce 40-yard line with about a minute left. It was incomplete.

Pierce then went 60 yards in five plays as quarterback Tyler Harris (2,262 yards passing on the season) was 4-for-4, then scored on a sneak from the 1. But Pierce missed the extra point, leaving the game tied.

Pierce stopped Central on downs in the first overtime, and RB Josh Henderson scored on Pierce’s first play, a sweep, giving Pierce the victory.

Henderson caught six passes for 154 yards and was instrumental on the sidelines in getting his team to believe when things looked hopeless, coach Sean Pender said.

‘’You just keep fighting, that’s all you can do,’’ Pender said. ‘’We got ourselves in that situation. All we told our kids was don’t quit, keep fighting, you don’t know what’s going to happen. Our kids were just relentless.’’

It was Pierce’s first playoff victory since 2002. Pierce’s next game is Friday at home against No. 5 Peach County.

Other overtime victories last week came from Thomas County Central (over Creekside), Brookwood (over Lassiter) and Parkview (over Walton).

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"THE CANNON RULES"

November 19th, 2012
2:42 pm

@ TODD…

LOL!…YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TYPO!!!…You have PIERCE playing Friday at home against…drumroll please…PIERCE!!! LOL! I would like to see that game!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!! UNBEATEN and UNTIED at 11 / 0!!!
ROUND 2 in “THE BONEYARD” FRIDAY
vs. STEPHENSON “JAGS”
then on to the DOME!!!

StingerSplash

November 19th, 2012
2:58 pm

So who do you like in the Pierce vs. Pierce game?
Re: Pierce’s next game is Friday at home against No. 5 Pierce County.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 19th, 2012
3:53 pm

Rumor has it TODD will cover PIERCE even for $10…LOL!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!! UNBEATEN and UNTIED at 11 / 0!!!
ROUND 2 in “THE BONEYARD” FRIDAY
vs. STEPHENSON “JAGS”
then on to the DOME!!!

jvillebil

November 19th, 2012
6:38 pm

Todd, thanks for the plug for Pierce Co. I’m a UGA grad, my brother a Ga Southern grad. He has a home on lake Hartwell but is currently a principal just outside of Gainesville, FL & I live north of Gainsville, FL. He knows I follow GHSA football very close so he said he’d pick me up and head north to the Ga/GSU game Friday night. He said find us a good Ga high school game we can make it to I’ll pick you up about 5:30 pm. I targeted the Ware/Evans, Pierce/Cent, Appling Rockmart and the Fitz/NE Macon. We decided on the Ware/Evans. My mentally handicapped brother in law is a Pierce Grad well special diploma and I call for updates every Friday night. When the Ware game got to be 27-7 we took off and headed north, getting the Appling/rock & Pierce/CC game on the radio. The closer we got to Appling it was two minutes to go so we came right by the stadium, it was a barn burner and we pulled on the curb in the end zone stood on the block wall watched through the gates the last two minutes, great game then jumped back in car and headed north. Couldn’t pick up the Pierce game so I called my brother in law Jerry and said put the phone next to the radio & I put my phone on speaker. It was a wild comeback and I could hear Jerry going nuts in the background. LOL The whole while on the ride my high school team in Fla was in the state playoffs and my son was at the game texting me updates, while my brother was past principal of Hart County and we were getting text updates from his friends at the upset there. Needless to say it was a great night of football. I missed being on the live blog on Friday nights that I get to sometimes, but managed to pull up the AJC later down the road on I-phone and get the rest of the scores. Thanks for the job you guys do.

Todd Holcomb

November 19th, 2012
7:05 pm

Well, at least you guys read the whole story. :)

Pierce is playing PEACH County next week.

wayxbulldawg

November 19th, 2012
8:15 pm

One correction, Darius Foreman scored the touchdown in overtime.

PIERCE COUNTY FAN

November 20th, 2012
6:29 am

Todd thanks for covering PIERCE COUNTY,it means a lot to the players,fans and county. You do a great job with football coverage. The AJC is great. Wish we could get your paper in south georgia. It blows the florida and georgia times union paper out of the water!!! GREAT ARTICLE!!!! Keep up the good coverage!!! The central carroll fans were a class act along with their scrappyl football team!!!!