Half a yard made all the difference last Friday when Dawson Christian Academy played Georgia Force in its season football opener.
DCA lost to Georgia Force 13-12 after being stopped short on a two point attempt following a last second touchdown at the end of the game.
The two teams met at Gary Pirkle Park in Sugar Hill on Aug. 19.
"We played a very good team, really tough," said Head Coach Marcus Stowers. "They lined up 54 guys versus our 22. Given the circumstances, I'm very proud of our effort."
During the first quarter of play, Georgia Force held DCA to a four and out on the first possession.
During its second drive of the night, quarterback Luke Chism connected with wide receiver Matt Chism on the first of five catches for 136 yards receiving on the night.
DCA punted the ball away in the second and with 1:15 left before the half Georgia Force's Cameron Fisher was able to get in the end zone to put the Force up 6-0.
Luke Chism had a 55-yard run shortly after kickoff to get the hurry up offense moving. He finished the night with 99 yards of rushing.
Luke Chism connected to Matt Chism, but the ball was caught out of bounds. With 18 seconds left until half, the next pass went to Matt Chism again and this time the catch was good for six.
The Eagles tried for two, but the slant pass to Vusa Moyo fell incomplete and the teams went to half tied at 6.
"We had two injuries to the O-line which hurt during the game," said Stowers.
Despite injury, Cason Setzekorn led the team with five tackles and four hurries.
The Eagles were able to get a fumble recovery early in the second half after the Force was backed up on a penalty. The fumble gave the Eagles great field position at the 20 yard line.
Cody Jordan had three tackles, two and a half sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery for the Eagles.
The Eagles were unable to convert and the scored remained 6-6 at the end of the third quarter.
The Force scored again with under nine minutes to play and kicked an extra point to put them back on top 13-6.
The game looked like it was over when DCA threw another interception that put the Force back into position to score.
The Eagles were able to hold the offense and went back to work with Luke Chism gaining ground on a couple of quarterback keepers. He finished the game with 179 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
A personal foul on the Force moved the ball again and Luke Chism connected with Matt Chism on a 22-yard fade with time expiring.
The Eagles went for the win with the two point attempt and running back Ahmad Kamara was held at the half yard line.
"Essentially we came up six inches short of beating a team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation for homeschooled teams at the end of last year," Stowers said.
The Eagles face state runners-up Creekside Christian at 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawsonville.