Tornadoes come roaring back in second half
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes ended spring football training Friday night with a 42-29 loss at Quitman.
"We never like to lose," Philadelphia Coach Teddy Dyess said. "But I saw some good things. We were down 35-8 at the half. But we challenged our players at the half and outscored Quitman 21-7 in the second half. We didn't quit."
Quitman returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and went up 7-0.
Philadelphia took the ensuing kickoff. On the third play from scrimmage, quarterback Romon Gray, who missed most of spring training because of baseball, completed a 73-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Hudson. Gray ran in the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes went up 8-7 with 10:50 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers took the kickoff and started their drive on the QHS 44 yard line. Seven plays later, they were in the end zone on a short touchdown pass. The kick was good and the Panthers led 14-8.
Philadelphia fumbled the ball away on their next series and the Panthers would score on a six-yard run to go up 21-8.
The Tornadoes punted on their next series and again the Panthers drove in for a score and led 28-8. Quitman would score one more touchdown in the first half and led 35-8 at the half.
Brad Horne intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to get the Tornadoes going in the second half. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes trailed 35-15.
Jacardius Griffin broke into the end zone later in the third quarter on a four-yard run. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes trailed 35-22.
But then Quitman returned the kickoff for a touchdown and went up 42-22.
Gray connected with Hudson again on a 23-yard touchdown pass. The kick was good and that ended the scoring for the night.
"If you take away the two kickoff returns, the score was 29-28," Dyess said. "We start our weight training in June and we'll play a lot of 7-on-7 this summer. Defending against the pass has been a problem for us and we are going to work on that."
The Tornadoes' next action will be a jamboree game against Water Valley on Aug. 17 at the Ole Miss jamboree. Philadelphia opens the regular season at South Delta on Aug. 23.