Gainesville was on the road to Lanier and with a win would secure the region second seed for the playoffs. Gainesville started by kicking to Lanier. Gainesville’s quarterback tonight is Jim Barnett due to Irons ejection in last weeks game. Getting the ball back with the help of a 54 yard run by KD Smith, down to the 16 yardline. Gainesville got a 33 yard field goal by Brandon Reyna to go up 3-0 with 7:43 in the first quarter. With 2:15 left in the first Lanier scores on a drive that had a fake punt and a fourth down touchdown pass to go up 3-7. That’s the way the first quarter ended. Gainesville holds Lanier on a fourth and nine but the punt pins the Red Elephants inside the 1 yard line. Lanier makes a 42 yard field goal to go up 10-3 with 7:57 in the second quarter. With 1:20 left in the half Gainesville again gets the ball back deep in their own territory. Unable to get a first down punts to Lanier with 32 seconds left. The half ends with the score Gainesville 3 Lanier 10.
Gainesville gets the ball to start the second half. KD Smith breaks a 20 yard run to give the Red Elephants good field position again. On a 4 and 3 try Lanier stuff the Red Elephants to get the ball back on their 39. Gainesville again gets the ball back deep in their own territory after a Lanier punt. But again Gainesville punts to Lanier. With 3:31 left in the third Lanier has a 3-10 when Tyree Robinson comes up with a big interception giving Gainesville a 1-10 on the 23. Lanier returns the favor intercepting a Jim Barnett pass with 1:14 left. Then Lanier fumbles with Gainesville recovering with 43 seconds left in the third. The third quarter ends with the score still Gainesville 3 Lanier 10. The Gainesville drive stalls and punts to Lanier. Gainesville defense again stops Lanier on a 4-8 to get the ball back with 6:52 on the Gainesville 32. Jim Barnett with a scramble for 22 yards to the 29 yardline. Barnett with another carry fumbles with Lanier recovering and returning it to mid-field. With 2:40 left Lanier punts to Big Red for what Gainesville returns it for a TD but a roughing the punter gives Lanier the ball with a first down. Gainesville recovers a fumble with 1:23 left at the 4 yard line. With 96 yards to go for a win Andy Hayes comes up with a catch to the 17 for a first down. With :17 left and a 2-5 the ball on the 32. Now down to :08.6 left the ball on the 45 Gainesville connects on a long pass Barnett to Blackwell to the 2 yard line. Gainesville arguing that there was 1 second left on the clock but the officials say no and walk of the field. With that the game ends with the final score Gainesville 3 Lanier 10. Gainesville had 250 total yards and 159 of them on the ground tonight. KD Smith was injured late and at this time we have no information on his condition.
Gainesville ends the regular season with a 5-5 overall record and 3-2 in region 8 6A. Gainesville will be region 8 third seed in the playoffs and will travel to Harrison next Friday. Harrison is 9-1 overall and won tonight 42-13 over Creekview.