Spain Park comeback attempt fails against Tuscaloosa County – Reuters Sports News


Spain Park comeback attempt fails against Tuscaloosa County

Posted at 12:14 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022

By SCOTT MIMS | Special for the journalist

VACUUM – The Spain Park Jaguars found themselves three points short of a spectacular comeback over Tuscaloosa County on Friday night, September 30, but fell short in their fifth straight loss of the season, 38-28.

The game’s momentum peaked when Zamir Farris returned a 90-yard Wildcat kickoff in the fourth quarter to make it 31-28, but with just 3:11 remaining in the game, Tuscaloosa County the put the Jags out of reach with one last trip to the end zone.

“Our children are breaking their butts. They are close,” Spain Park coach Tim Vakakes said after the game. “We get to that point where we have a chance to take control of a game and we shoot ourselves in the foot. I have to do a better job of getting them across the finish line.

He indicated that the Jags’ late-game strategies simply focused on maintaining possession of the ball and preventing turnovers. Despite the loss, Vakakes remains focused on helping his players improve with every game.

“It is difficult to take this step. It’s tough, but we’re doing it the right way,” Vakakes said.

Spain Park took the lead first with a touchdown from Logan Brownlee, but the Wildcats scored 17 unanswered points in the first half.

A Jamari Mosley interception kept TC out of the end zone with 4:04 left in the second quarter, but the Jags failed to capitalize on the possession.

Just before halftime, the Wildcats threw a field goal to make it 17-7.

Things looked rather bleak for Spain Park as TC scored again just 10 seconds into the third quarter; however, this time Evan Smallwood would respond with a touchdown to cut the lead to 10 points.

Then, with 7:33 on the clock, Jared Smith recovered a fumble for the Jaguars to set up a 53-yard touchdown pass from Smallwood to Jonathan Bibbs, making it 24-21.

The Wildcats kept their momentum going in the fourth quarter by scoring again, but the Jags came back strong thanks to Farris’ 90-yard return. Unfortunately for Spain Park, that wouldn’t be enough.

On October 7, Spain Park travel to take on the newcomers in Class 7A, Region 3 Chelsea.


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