Peabody rallies back for 22-19 win over Wossman
ALEXANDRIA – The Peabody Warhorses hosted the Wossman Wildcats on Saturday for their homecoming game, receiving a scare before ultimately securing a 22-19 victory.
Wossman was able to jump out to a 13-0 lead early in the game and held the 19-6 lead heading into halftime.
Peabody came back out ready to play following the break to score 16 unanswered points as well as shutting out the Wildcats in the second half.
The Peabody comeback got started with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Talon Bowens to Thomas Miles to cut the deficit to 19-14 with 3:21 left in the third quarter.
Bowens scored through the air again on a deflected, then bobbled, then caught touchdown pass to Tyler Clark to give Peabody their first and final lead of the night.
Peabody used the fourth quarter to grind out the clock from a combination of strong offensive running and stout defensive play to earn their first win of the season on homecoming night.
Jordan Gaston (21 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD)
Tyler Clark (78 total yards, 1 TD reception)
Wayne Compton (5 tackles, 1 sack)
THEY SAID IT
Peabody head coach Benny Vault
“This win was something that we really needed. We have a young group of guys and we are still learning how to win ball games. It was a big morale boost for them to come back after being down at halftime and getting the win. It was definitely a learning experience. Playing some of the teams we did for non-district has helped us become a four-quarter team. We came out stronger in the second half tonight than we were in the first. District is gonna be tough. Jena is good. Marksville and Avoyelles are always tough as well. We are gonna have to come out and work on our defensive scheme if we want to beat Caldwell Parish next week. I believe in running the ball and if they have someone that can run the ball like he (Eric London) can that is a big deal. He has over 1,000 yards in five games so we know he is pretty good. We are getting better we just still have a lot of young kids who are still learning how to play.
Peabody defensive back Kadarian Ellis
“It was a tough game. We went into the locker room and halftime and we said to each other that they weren’t better than us and we had to play like it in the second half. Our defense and our team leaders were able to step up in the second half. It feels good to win finally. I don’t think we should have been 0-4 but it is all a part of God’s plan. We have Caldwell Parish coming up and they are top five in 3A right now so we just have to go down there and beat them. We are gonna bring the intensity up at practice and keep working hard every day.”
Wossman head coach Dean Smith
“It was a tale of two halves. We had the lead 19-6 at halftime but lost were outscore 16-0 in the second half. It was one of those situations where last man with the ball will win. The non-district schedule was tough but we did not want to be 0-5. District starts next week and that means we are 0-0 again.
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