By Doug Gorman
There were no winners Friday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Literally, as the Jonesboro Cardinals and the Mundy's Mill Tigers opened the season with a 13-all tie.
Because the two schools are in different Georgia High School Association classifications, there was no overtime.
After two years of playing a non-region schedule, Mundy's Mill is hoping to sneak up on teams as it attempts to make the playoffs for the first time in school history.
"We are the new team on the block and nobody wants to lose to the new team," said Mundy's Mill coach Chad Estes. "I thought it was a great effort for us, and I thought Jonesboro did a great job too."
Jonesboro had a chance to win the game with just nine seconds remaining, but Patrick Saxby's 42-yard field goal fell just short of the mark, assuring the game would end in a tie.
Saxby went down to ground on the play, getting slightly injured, but no penalty was called.
"Tying someone is kind of like kissing your sister as the old saying goes, but it was a great effort by Patrick down there at the end, it just fell short. There are some things we need to work on, but we will return to practice to get ready for Fayette County," said Jonesboro coach Larry Mortonson.
Mundy's Mill struck for two touchdowns less than two minutes apart in the first quarter, then held off the Cardinals' comeback attempt.
Mundy's Mill started both of its scoring drives deep in Jonesboro territory after the miscues by the Cardinals.
Running back Erroll Wynn scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 1 yard to lift the Tigers to the quick 13-0 lead.
The junior running back rushed for 137 yards on 41 attempts.
With 5:29 remaining in the first half, Jonesboro cut the lead to 13-6 when quarterback Daniel Cazanave called his own number and scored on a 1-yard run. The extra point failed when the Cardinals mishandled the snap.
Cazanave helped set up the score on a 16-yard keeper. It was the Cardinals' deepest field position of the night.
Rocky Lee tied the game with some defensive heroics with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter when he scooped up a Mundy's Mill fumble and scampered 35-yards into the end zone.
"That sort of gave us some momentum," said Mortonson. "We just couldn't finish it off."
While Jonesboro travels to Fayette County next Friday night, Mundy's Mill returns to action next Saturday against Mt. Zion.
Mt. Zion opened its season Thursday night with a 20-15 upset against No.-9-ranked Lovejoy.