SYLVANIA — DeKalb County and Class 3A, Region 7 rival Sylvania pushed No. 1 Fyffe to the brink of an upset, but in the end, the Red Devils did what they always do — win.
Sylvania drove from its 25-yard line to the shadow of Fyffe’s goal line in the final minute of the fourth quarter, but Owen Blackwell intercepted a pass with two seconds left to seal the Red Devils’ thrilling 16-13 triumph.
Fyffe improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Region 7 standings. Head coach Paul Benefield’s program has won 61 consecutive regular season games and 41 straight region contests.
Fyffe has rolled up 48 wins in a row, the second longest active winning streak in the nation.
Sylvania grabbed a 6-0 first-quarter lead. The Red Devils collected their initial points on safety by sacking the Rams’ quarterback in the end zone.
Fyffe trailed 6-2 after a quarter.
The Red Devils gained the advantage on Brodie Hicks’ 25-yard TD run with 9:48 remaining in the second period. The extra point made it 9-6.
Kyle Dukes’ 2-yard scoring run stretched Fyffe’s margin to 16-6 following the point-after.
The Rams capitalized on a touchdown pass with 4:08 on the clock, trimming it to 16-13 in the second period.
Fyffe suffered four bad snaps during the third quarter. Sylvania’s defense made a goal-line stand in the final half, stopping the Red Devils on fourth-and-goal at the 1.
The Fyffe-Brindlee Mountain game has been moved to Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Paul Benefield Stadium/Ridgeway-Long Field. It’s a 3A, Region 7 matchup.