North Pulaski was so close to a victory last Friday but instead suffered a 26-20 setback in overtime to Little Rock McClellan.
The Falcons (0-9, 0-6 5A-Central) led the Lions, 20-14, before they knotted the contest late in the game. Getting the ball first in the overtime period, McClellan (1-8, 1-5) was able to reach the end zone.
"They got the ball first, but we should have been O.K.," North Pulaski Coach Teodis Ingram said. "We were just worn out."
After falling behind 14-0, the Falcons were able to reduce that margin to 14-6 by halftime on a touchdown by Khalil Vines. In the second half, they took the lead on a 50-yard touchdown scamper by Steven Farrior and a 20-yard scoring run by Vines.
"We kept trying, and the kids gave a good effort," Ingram said. "We moved the football and had over 300 yards."
Other than Lions’ first two touchdowns, Ingram thought the Falcons played pretty good defense. McClellan’s first touchdown came on a reverse that North Pulaski discussed all week, and the second was on a screen that was also talked about all week.
Since the fourth game of the season against Pulaski Academy, the Falcons have endured injuries and have lost eight players to season-ending injuries. Last Thursday, one of their linebackers was in a car accident and suffered a minor injury.
"We keep fighting and are giving a great effort," Ingram said. "We’ve lost lots of kids since the beginning of the year and have done lots of moving and shifting around. Even with the eight gone, we still have players banged up. I give the kids credit; they are resilient."
Friday, the Falcons finish the season and host Sylvan Hills (6-3, 4-2). The Bears have already clinched a playoff spot, but it isn’t determined yet whether they are the number three or four seed. Friday’s game will honor the seniors, and Ingram is hoping the Falcons can finish strong. He feels like they were getting ready to hit their stride before the injuries happened and would like to a solid ending.
"We are getting better but haven’t hit our stride," Ingram said. "We will also honor our seniors for the leadership they have shown."