NASHVILLE Jordan Mason racked up more than 250 yards rushing and scores Friday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a late touchdown as Cane Ridge beat visiting Gallatin 40-34.
After trailing most of the game, Mason broke off a 75-yard run before Gallatin tied the score at 34-34 on a Jalen Porter 2-yard run with 4:26 to go in the fourth, but David Solis missed the extra point and the game remained tied.
Cane Ridge (8-2, 5-2 6-5A) marched the ball down field in short order, but just when it looked like the Gallatin (4-6, 2-5) defense was going to make a stop, a pass interference call gave the Ravens new life.
The Ravens made the most of it as D.J. Thorpe made the decision to run after seeing all his receivers tightly-covered, lowered his head and gave Cane Ridge the lead for good at 40-34 with a 6-yard touchdown run that left just 1:05 on the clock.
“We felt like we had it covered,” Gallatin coach Mark Williams said. “Hats off to the Cane Ridge quarterback for making a play there. We just over-pursued a little bit and he made a good play.”
Ending a season on a loss is always tough, but one that comes so late in the fourth quarter is even harder to swallow.
“It was emotional,” Mason said after watching his team lose on the final drive. “It made me want to go out there and hit somebody.”
But it wasn’t all bad for the junior, who finished with 258 yards and three touchdowns on the ground demonstrating his big play ability with runs of 29, 32, 62 and 75 and impressing more than just the Green Wave faithful.
“He’s a big physical guy and he’s a hell of a back,” Cane Ridge coach Eddie Woods said. “He’s an SEC-type back. He’s fast, he’s powerful, he’s strong.”
And despite the emotional and tough loss to end the Green Wave’s 2015 campaign, Mason said having such a good game to end the season does a lot for his mindset heading into next year.
“It does a whole lot for my confidence,” Mason said. “Hopefully I can keep it rolling next (year).”
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