WARRENTON - What a difference a half can make - especially when a football team is without their starting quarterback.
But when Jamie Williamson showed up for the second half last Saturday night, the Augusta Ragin Bulls were a different football team.
Williamson, who has been the Ragin Bulls' starting quarterback all season, helped engineer his playoff-bound team from a 16-point first half deficit when he arrived for second half action. He was late for the game because of his work as a textile worker, according to Augusta Ragin Bulls Head Coach Al Goode.
As it turned out, the Ragin Bulls managed to score twice in the second half, tying Macon 16-16 at the end of regulation and sending the game into a 15-minute overtime period.
Neither the Ragin Bulls nor the visiting Macon Tiger Cats were able to muster any points during the overtime period - thus the game ended in a 16-16 tie.
The Ragin Bulls, now 9-2-1 overall and 7-2, are two-time defending South Atlantic Division Champions, and are scheduled to host the first-round of the playoffs at Legion Field in Warrenton in two weeks. At this time, it could be even three weeks before that game is played, depending on whether or not the Ragin Bulls draw a bye in the first-round.
"We got off to a rocky start, having to play without our starting quarterback," admitted Coach Goode. "We consider Jamie Williamson our general. And our general was missing the first half. It made a big difference in the outcome of the game - not knocking Macon, because they fought us hard all the way to the end."
Williamson is considered an NFL prospect and so is Augusta's Ralph Scott, who plays defensive end and linebacker. Eight other players on the team are considered arena football prospects, Coach Goode said.