PREP FOOTBALL: Arab drops nail-biter at Guntersville 29-21

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(Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – After hammering Albertville in their season opener last week, the Arab Knights hit the road for one of their biggest tests of the season this week. It was a neck-and-neck contest most of the way, but the Wildcats were able to pull ahead midway through the final frame and held onto their lead to defeat Arab 29-21.

A touchdown pass gave Guntersville a 7-0 advantage late in the first quarter and the Wildcats were able to maintain that lead going into the second. The Knights responded by punching in a touchdown run of their own to tie the game at 7 midway through the second quarter but a 60-yard pick six by the Wildcats in the final minute of the period put them back in front 14-7 going into the halftime break.

Things weren’t going well for Arab to start the third quarter either. A muffed snap led to a safety and a 16-7 lead for Guntersville, but the Knights responded. Midway through the third quarter, Ed Johnson broke free for a 72-yard touchdown run that cut the lead to 16-14 and gave the momentum back to Arab. However, the Wildcats were able to come up with an answer of their own and connected on a deep touchdown pass to extend their lead to 23-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Johnson found the endzone once again from 5 yards out to bring the Knights within two with nine minutes to play but Guntersville answered with another scoring drive and pulled ahead 29-21 with just over six minutes to play. Arab was unable to get back in the endzone the rest of the way and the Wildcats held on to win a tight one 29-21.

Arab falls to 1-1 on the season with the loss and will be back on the road next week to take on Fort Payne.

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