– posted by Cody Whitlock
Briarwood 24, Hartselle 21 (OT)
Quick-hit recap: In a clash of the two top-ranked teams in Class 5A, Briarwood Christian kicked the game-winning, 19-yard field goal in overtime to advance to next week’s state championship game. The second-ranked Lions intercepted Hartselle on the first possession of overtime and then got a big kick from Wilson Whorton to move on to next week’s title game against Spanish Fort.
Statistical quick hits: Will Lang (Hartselle), Was 23-of-33 for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Only mistake was the interception in OT; Malcolm Fossett (Hartselle) 19 carries for 101 yards and a TD and three receptions for 72 yards and another score. But watched the game’s final minutes from the sidelines with an injury; Daniel Robert (Briarwood), seven catches for 127 yards and 3 TDs.
Quotable: “It wouldn’t hurt so bad if we hadn’t worked our whole lives for this moment right here. Just to fall short, and especially for me throwing that pick, it hurts. We could have kicked a field goal. It ain’t a feeling you want to feel.” — Hartselle quarterback Will Lang