Neither team who walked onto the field Friday night at Fred C. Hardke Stadium expected to lose, but, unfortunately for the Go-Devils, they were unable to walk away victorious.

Neither team who walked onto the field Friday night at Fred C. Hardke Stadium expected to lose, but, unfortunately for the Go-Devils, they were unable to walk away victorious.
Despite falling to the Carlisle Bison 13-12, the team fought hard from the opening kick to the final buzzer, forcing the Bison quarterback to kneel on the ball quickly as Gurdon’s defense began to force its way through Carlisle’s offensive line.
Gurdon won the toss to start the game, but they deferred to the second half, allowing the home team to take possession first.
Ramos’ kickoff was fielded by Carlisle’s Zachary King, who returned the ball 18 yards to the Bison 38.
The Bison inched their way down the field, making their way to the Gurdon 42 before Bo Weddle found a hole and ran the ball all the way in for a touchdown. The PAT attempt was no good as Logan Britt made a key stop to set the score at 6-0 with 9:24 remaining in the opening period.
Gurdon seemed flat as they came out on the offense for the first time of the night.
The team gained seven yards before a passfrom Austin Kirkpatrick was picked off by Reed.
The Bison then went three and out, and the ball went back to the Devils.
The Devils made their way from their own 45 down to the Carlisle nine on seven plays, but that’s where the trouble began.
A holding penalty followed by a sack left the ball back at the Carlisle 25, and after three more plays, the ball went back to the Bison with 16 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
The Bison were able to get across the midfield stripe to the 41 on their next possession, but the defense held, and it went back to Gurdon.
Both Gurdon and Carlisle went three and out on their next possession, and the Devils got the ball at their own eight yard line with 4:13 remaining in the half.
Picking up pennies along the way, the Devils made their way to their own 35, and Kirkpatrick found A.J. Brown on a long pass for 41 yards to set the ball at the 24.
Kirkpatrick found Ed Hood for a nine yarder, but a pass for the end zone with seven seconds remaining was picked off to end the half.
After the break, Gurdon went three and out, but things turned around as the Bison went for it on fourth down and fell short.
Juan Williams ran the ball 15 yards to put the ball at the Carlisle 20, and another four yard run by Williams put the ball at the 16.
Kirkpatrick got caught in the backfield on the next play, but Williams more than made up for it as he forced his way into the end zone for a 19-yard TD with 7:11 remaining. Ramos’ kick was pushed left to knot the game at 6-6.
Carlisle worked their way down to the Gurdon 16, but their next four plays left the ball short, giving it back to the Devils at their own 14.
The Devils worked their way down the field aided by a huge, one-handed catch by Brown for 19 yards and a 16 yarder caught by Ed Hood.
With the ball on the 10, the handoff went to Williams, who again found the end zone to give the Devils the lead. Kirkpatrick’s pass fell incomplete on the conversion attempt for a 12-6 Gurdon lead.
A bad series of luck left the Devils staring at the Carlisle offense from the Gurdon nine, and three plays later, the Bison earned the TD. The kick by Deric Herring was good for the 13-12 lead.
With 2:28 left in the game, the Devils looked as if they had the time to find the end zone, but they could only gain five yards on their next four plays, giving the ball back to Carlisle for the victory formation.
The Go-Devils finished their season with an impressive 10-3 (6-1 in conference) record.
Head coach John Pace feels the season was a great one for the Go-Devils.
"I think that when you win 10 ball games, it's a good season," he said. "In my 21 years here, I have had two 10 win seasons and one 11 win season. That puts this among the top two or three that we've had around here in 20 years. I know that we are one of the best teams in the 2A this year."
Pace said that the season has been a success despite the start.
"Looking at how we started, with Montel's [Williams] death, I think we had an extraordinary season," he continued. "These kids wanted to win for a reason, more than just to win it. I feel that we have really accomplished something here this season. We have had an extraordinarily good season. Our coaches did a good job, and the fans were enthusiastic. I think that if the game had been played here, we would have won it. These kids did a great job."

The numbers
Gurdon: 369 yards total offense
Carlisle: 238 yards total offense

Austin Kirkpatrick: 8-14, 90 yds, 1 INT; 13 rush, 48 yds
Kedreas Norvell: 6 rush, 18 yds
Juan Williams: 16 rush, 85 yds, 2 TD
A.J. Brown: 3 rush, 9 yds; 3 rec, 70 yds
Ta’Quan Ivory: 1 rec, 17 yds
Ed Hood: 2 rec, 25 yds
Zach Gooding: 1 rec, 4 yds