By Senior Writer, Adam Ogburn / Twitter: @aogburn00
4-5 Nevada Community was a heavy underdog when it traveled on the road to take on a state-ranked and 9-1 Glen Rose to open the playoffs last Friday. However, the Braves played like anything but an underdog. After a competitive first half, Community clung to a narrow 14-13 advantage at the interval thanks to a two-yard touchdown run by Quinton Hall. After Glen Rose opened up the second half scoring with a touchdown run to go up 19-14, Community answered in a big way.
Quarterback Paul Testa launched a pass right over the Glen Rose defense and hit his receiver Ty Simpkins in the end zone for a 41-yard score to put the Braves up 21-19 with about five minutes to go in the third quarter. After two Glen Rose field goals put the Tigers ahead 25-21, the game went down to the wire. Community promptly launched a nine-minute drive all the way down to the Glen Rose one-yard line. The Braves brought in their heavy package and quarterback Paul Testa did the rest, barging into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to put Community up 28-25. Glen Rose had one more chance.
The Tigers drove down the field and got in position to kick a 39-yard field goal, but the kick was short as the Braves held on for a remarkable victory. Testa finished the night with four completions on six attempts for 116 yards and two touchdowns, while Quinton Hall added 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground to go with his 11 tackles and forced a fumble from his safety position on defense.
This was a monumental victory for the Braves, but they will need another one this week when they take on Texarkana Pleasant Grove, which has won two of the last three state titles, in the second round of playoffs on Saturday.