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Gadsden City rally falls short against Bob Jones 35-30

MADISON —  A huge second-half comeback fell just short and the Gadsden City Titans saw their season come to an end with a 35-30 loss to Bob Jones in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

The Titans (6-5) trailed 28-3 at the end of the first quarter and 35-10 at the half, but using solid defense and a much more cohesive offense, they made it a game down the stretch and nearly left Madison with a victory.

CJ Moore, who passed for 195 yards, got the scoring started in the second half with a 10-yard run early in the third quarter.

Then the defense got in on the action, as lineman Finesse Middleton picked off a screen pass and returned it 49 yards for a score with 9:24 remaining in the game.

After another defensive stop, Moore engineered a nine-play, 77-yard drive that he finished with a 12-yard run to the end zone to bring the Titans within the final five-point margin with just 2:56 to play.

Gadsden City’s defense again came up big, making a stop on fourth-and-short and putting the ball in the hands of the offense at the Bob Jones 33.

The Titans worked their way to the 12-yard line with a little more than a minute remaining, but a 2-yard loss, 15-yard penalty, 13-yard sack and 5-yard penalty pushed them back. Facing fourth-and-47, Moore launched a pass that fell harmlessly to the turf, setting off a celebration and a sigh of relief from the Bob Jones faithful.

Austin Piazza made a field goal in the first quarter and Trevor Sandridge scored a touchdown in the second quarter to account for the Titan first-half points.