MILLEDGEVILLE — A 14-0 deficit before halftime didn’t deter Baldwin Braves football in Perry Friday night. Baldwin fought back to tie the Panthers in the final minutes though the road win just slipped away 41-35.
Perry struck first on a clock killing opening drive. The Braves were held scoreless down 7-0 after the first quarter.
Again the Panther quarterback found the endzone to open the second quarter.
Now behind by 14 points, Baldwin junior quarterback Tajhea Chambers capped a 51-yard drive with an 18-yard scoring rush to get the Braves going.
Perry went up 21-7 just before halftime with an impressive 50-yard touchdown run.
Chambers wouldn’t let the advantage stand working the 2-minute offense perfectly and rushing for touchdown No. 2 of the opening half.
Baldwin trailed 21-14 at the break.
Juniors Quandarious Holsey and Quavez Hill together with senior Jamar Johnson did their best to tame the Perry Panther offense.
Out of halftime, a Baldwin turnover set their region foe up for another score.
The Braves answered through the air to junior Kentavious Thomas making it 28-21 in the third quarter.
Continuing the back and forth offense and little defense, the Panthers posted a 58-yard touchdown pass play. Perry did stop Baldwin on fourth down the next series.
The Braves wouldn’t give up the fight using a two-play 80-yard drive to trail 35-28 after the third quarter.
Chambers shook off an interception in the final quarter to craft the game tying drive.
Perry ripped off a 40-yard touchdown run that stood as the final score Friday.
Baldwin hosts Rutland at home next week.