Washington-Wilkes Defeats Bowdon 18-14, Headed to Lincolnton for Title Bout

November 26, 2005

Almost any words we can think of will be an understatement, so we'll keep it simple: Washington-Wilkes Tigers will play the Lincoln County Red Devils in Lincolnton next weekend for the Class A State Football Championship. (This area may not survive the next week.)

Washington-Wilkes took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter after booting a field goal after a Bowdon fumble. The western Red Devils came back to take a 14-3 lead into halftime. The Tigers broke a long run and was successful on a 2-point PAT to close the gap to 14-11. W-W then scored on a screen pass good for about 40 yards with 8:14 left in the game. With the PAT, the Tigers led 18-14. Bowdon came back down the field, but the Tiger defense stopped the Devils short of a first down at the Tiger 8 with 6:47 left. W-W punted, but Bowdon fumbled on the return with the Tigers recovering at their 45 with 4:20 left. The Tigers picked up first downs to run down the clock and all but secure the huge victory. Bowdon had one last chance getting the ball with a minute to go, driving into Tiger territory. A long pass and a late hit penalty gave the Red Devils one last gasp inside the Tiger 20 with one second left, but the final pass fell incomplete in the endzone.