For a few minutes in the start of the second quarter of the state championship game at Salem Municipal Stadium it looked like Floyd County High School’s 13-0 varsity football team was about to stage another of its incredible comebacks.
Down 21-0 to a dominating Gretna team at the half, the Buffaloes opened the second half with an impressive march downfield for a touchdown. It was 21-7 and the Buffaloes seemed to have gained the momentum they needed.
Then Gretna moved down easily for another score and it was 28-7. A few minutes later, 35-7.
Floyd didn’t give up, mounting two impressive drives in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 35-20 (the kicker missed an extra point on the last touchdown).
But Floyd ran out of time and the game ended at 35-20, ending the team’s unbeaten streak and their hopes for a state championship.
Still, the team has no reason to feel ashamed. A 13-1 record and runnerup state champions is pretty good.
Congratulations to the team for a great season.