NHS fights back vs. TerryPublished 1:06am Saturday, September 29, 2012
TERRY — Terry High School tried to pull off the upset, but Derrian Johnson said no, no, no.
With 11 seconds left and Natchez High School trailing Terry 16-13, the visiting Bulldogs decided to put the ball in the hands of their biggest play maker — and he didn’t disappoint.
NHS quarterback Anthony Robinson connected with Johnson on a 15-yard touchdown reception on fourth down to give the visiting Bulldogs a 20-16 lead.
“We saw the coverage, and we made a good call to get it to one of our key players in Derrian Johnson,” NHS head coach Lance Reed said.
The Natchez Bulldogs would go on to win, and Reed said having an athlete like Johnson has helped give the team the edge it’s needed so far this season.
“It makes all the difference in the world,” Reed said. “He’s very versatile, and we utilize his versatility. It’s a group effort, but we use him as we see fit.”
NHS was on top 13-0 at the half after a Tony Kaho 7-yard touchdown reception from Robinson and a Waldron Mosby 2-yard run, both in the second quarter.
Terry had a touchdown and a safety in the third quarter and took a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter on a touchdown at the 10:30 mark. Looking to avoid a letdown after last week’s big win against then-No. 1 Meridian High School, Reed said getting the win was huge for his team.
“Our district is going to be tough week in and week out,” Reed said. “We know this, and we expect it. The kids fought through to the end and came away with a victory.”
Reed also said the team could use this game as a learning experience in its never-ending quest to get better.
“We’re going to go back and evaluate,” Reed said. “Games like this make you better. We had the character to keep fighting, so that was good.”
NHS (5-1, 2-0) will host Forest Hill next week.