GAINESVILLE — Gainesville coach Heath Webb had a decision to make after Khaliq Maddox's 65-yard fumble scoop and score with just seconds remaining against Hillgrove -- go for the tie or the win.
Webb chose the win because a non-region game can't go to overtime and, unfortunately, it didn't workout as Red Elephants fell, 28-27, to Hillgrove at City Park on Friday.
Sophomore running back Naim Cheeks had another stellar performance, rushing 25 times for 165 yards and a score and catching 49 yards on two passes and a touchdown.
Cheeks touchdown reception was the Red Elephants (2-2, 1-0 Region 6-7A) first score, a 20-yard pass from Gionni Williams with 9:54 left in the second. Cheeks rushing score happened in the second half, a 7-yard run with 8:33 to go in the third.
Williams passed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, his other a 19-yard pass to JQ Drinkard with 2:05 left in the game.