About the only thing that didn’t go right for Florence High School senior quarterback C.J. Giddens on homecoming night was he was not named king.
But he was happy — his cousin, senior receiver Matthew Edgar, earned the title.
Giddens accounted for more than 300 yards of offense in a 28-26 win over Holland on homecoming night. The Buffaloes improved to 2-1 on the season with the win.
Giddens rushed for 230 yards and threw for another 88 yards in the hard-fought win.
“We knew it was going to be a tough, physical game,” Giddens said.
Giddens scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with less than seven minutes remaining in the game. The Buffaloes ran behind big No. 79, Alexis Palacios.
“He is one big dude,” Giddens said of his big lineman. “I trust him and he can take me anywhere I wanted to go.”
Both Giddens and head coach Zane Bode were pleased with the win, but the real season starts in a couple of weeks when district play begins.
“All we are concerned about is district play,” Bode said. “We battled a good team tonight but our only goal was to be 1-0 at the end of the night.”
The two teams have a lot of respect for one another. Each of the teams walked over to the other team’s side and participated in the school fight song as the band played.
Both teams were in harmony to start the game.
Florence scored first on a 15-yard run by Giddens in the first quarter. He threw a two-point conversion pass to Matthew Edgar for an 8-0 lead.
Holland came back with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Max Stroud to Larenzo Finley.
Giddens found Jacob Cox for a 28-yard score minutes later for a 15-7 lead.
That would be all of the scoring of the first half. Florence marched to the 5-yard line, but failed on a fourth-and-1. They also marched to the 1 late in the half before time ran out.
Florence took a 22-7 lead late in the third quarter on an electrifying run by Giddens. He ran 75 yards for a score with 4 minutes, two seconds remaining in the fourth. Manuel Castro made the extra point for Florence.
But the Hornets scored 16 seconds later on a 32-yard touchdown run up the middle by Weston Hugo.
Florence fumbled on its next possession and Izaiah Baggerly picked it and ran 25 yards for a score. The extra point was no good, giving Florence a 22-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Giddens scored a key touchdown with 6:56 remaining in the game on a fourth-and-1 play. The Buffaloes burned two timeouts to get the right play. They missed on a two-point conversion for a 28-20 lead.
Hollard scored with under three minutes remaining on a 77-yard touchdown pass from Stroud to Jon Cearley. Florence linebacker Justin Trussell stopped the Hornet runner on a two-point conversion.
Edgar caught three passes for 30 yards and rushed for 50 tough yards. Landon Byrne finished with 44 yards rushing.
The Buffaloes travel to Salado (3-0) on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game.