Gainesville Survives Mistakes, Beat Columbia 17-14
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In a marquee matchup between two powerhouse Class 6A schools, Gainesville High and Columbia lived up to the billing.
The host Purple Hurricanes survived a litany of mistakes and edged the visiting Tigers 17-14.
Gainesville ran out to an early 14-0 lead after a 5-yard score from running back Ralph Webb and a 4-yard touchdown pass from Mark Cato to Case Harrison.
But Columbia rallied off GHS mistakes, from penalties to turnovers, and quickly made it a 14-14 before halftime.
Lonnie Underwood scored the first touchdown for the Tigers on a 14-yard run, and Jayce Barber scored the final touchdown of the game on a quarterback sneak.
But no matter how many mistakes the Purple Hurricanes made, their defense was stout against Columbia.
That gave Gainesville kicker Alex Holloway a chance to what turned out to be the game-winning 27-yard field goal to complete the scoring.
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