By B.B. Branton
CHATTANOOGA -- QB Brennan Swindolls 6-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal in overtime followed by Hunter Andersons extra point, lifted Friendship Christian to a 21-20 win against host Boyd Buchanan in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday.
Swindoll reportedly injured the thumb on his left (throwing) hand as he lunged into the endzone. He will be examined by team physicians over the weekend.
On third down, Swindoll was driven out of bounds by a Boyd Buchanan defender at the 12-yard-line for a loss of six, but an official ruled he threw an incomplete pass before going out of bounds and marked the ball at the original line of scrimmage.
Boyd Buchanan had the first possession in overtime and scored on a 10-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jim Cardwell for a 20-14 lead but Reeds extra point attempt was blocked setting up the stirring finish.
I knew it would be that kind of game, Friendship coach John McNeal said. Last week we beat Trousdale County and I dont think many people gave us a chance, but it doesnt matter to us what other people think. Now weve beaten Trousdale and Boyd-Buchanan, the number one and two teams in the state, in consecutive weeks.
Im not one of those who thrives on confidence. We just want to get prepared for our next opponent. If youre still playing at this point, you have a good team.
Friendship Christian improves to 10-3 while the Bucs closed out the season at 10-2. The victorious Commanders travel to Oliver Springs in a semifinal game next Friday.
For the second week in a row, the Bucs rallied in the second half, but this time the rally ended a play short. Last week, Boyd Buc trailed Rockwood 10-0 at halftime and won, 17-13.
FCS led 14-6 at halftime thanks to the running of Kyle Wood who had 44 rushing yards in the first half, including a pair of 5-yard touchdown runs.
Reed had a 35-yard scoring run for the Bucs in the first quarter, but he missed the extra point attempt.
Friendship controlled the tempo in the first half as it had an 11-3 advantage in first downs, 36-16 lead in plays from scrimmage and a 177-54 lead in total offense.
But as they did against Rockwood, the Bucs came alive in the final 24 minutes against FCS and tied the game at 14-14 at the 4:49 mark of the third.
Reed dashed 56 yards to pay dirt, followed by a Cardwell to Kyle Thomas pass completion for the 2-point conversion.
In the second half, the Bucs out rushed FCS 87-to-34 and had a 128-to-50 advantage in total offense.
Overall, the total offense numbers were in the Commanders' favor, 238-184 and rushing, 211-168.
Dekolas Reeves led FCS with 90 yards on 23 carries (3.9 yds per carry), while Wood gained 51 yards on 14 carries (3.6) and two scores. Swindoll ran for 21 yards on eight carries (2.6), including the final six for a score.
Friendship Christian 21,
Boyd Buchanan 20 OT
Friendship 7 7 0 0 7 - 21
Boyd-Buc 6 0 8 0 6 - 20
FCS Kyle Wood 5 run (Hunter Anderson kick), 7-0 1st Q, (3:31)
(5 plays, 22 yards)
Boyd-Buc Chase Reed 35 run (kick failed); 7-6 1st Q (1:32)
(4 plays, 55 yards)
FCS Wood 5 run (Anderson kick), 14-6 2nd Q (7:22)
Boyd Buc Reed 56 run (Kyle Thomas pass from Jim Cardwell), 14-14, 3rd Q (4:49)
Boyd Buc Cardwell 10 run (kick blocked), 20-14 OT
FCS Brennan Swindoll 6 run (Anderson kick), 21-20 OT
Records: Friendship Christian (10-3), Boyd Buchanan (10-2)