FALLS CHURCH, Va. – In a game with playoff implications in the Capital Area Football Conference the Riverdale Baptist Crusaders got a huge boost from wide receiver Zech McPhearson in a 28-15 victory over the Avalon Black Knights. McPhearson took a reverse on a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter putting […]
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – In a game with playoff implications in the Capital Area Football Conference the Riverdale Baptist Crusaders got a huge boost from wide receiver Zech McPhearson in a 28-15 victory over the Avalon Black Knights.
McPhearson took a reverse on a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter putting the Crusaders up 7-6 which proved to be the only big play of the game.
“I made a mistake on defense giving up a touchdown, so I had to come back and help them out and give something back in response,” said McPhearson.
The real story line however might be how questionably the officials called the game.
The ball was mysteriously moved from the 25-yard line to the 30-yard line while the Black Knights had possession in the third quarter, and the officials allowed a timeout to be called late in the fourth quarter from the Avalon sideline without checking if it had come from the head coach.
“The officiating tonight was just… it was bad,” said Black Knights coach Tyree Spinner, “I mean numerous miscalls, numerous overturns, numerous bad spots.”
The most atrocious call of all might have been 15-yard facemask penalty that was overruled by the head official and changed to a 5-yard facemask during a pivotal drive for the Black Knights late in the game.
“He didn’t call the play, he didn’t see the play. So how can you overturn something like that?” Spinner said.
Spinner did give credit to the Crusaders, saying that they were the better team and that his team failed to control the game.
After the first quarter saw both teams put up zeros on the scoreboard, the second quarter proved to be more eventful. Black Knights quarterback Bryan Strittmatter found star wide receiver Trevon Diggs for a touchdown pass from five yards out with 2:30 left to go in the first quarter. However, a botched point-after attempt resulted in the Black Knights only coming away with six points.
After the ensuing kickoff was returned by McPhearson to put the Crusaders up 7-6, the Black Knights answered with a Strittmatter 19-yard field goal to head into the half with the lead 9-6.
The Crusaders and the Black Knights traded scores before the end of the third quarter, making it a 15-14 game in the Black Knights favor heading into the fourth.
Unfortunately for the Black Knights the fourth quarter would prove to be all Crusaders, as the Crusaders pounded in two rushing touchdowns in the quarter. One came from a yard out by fullback Marcus Williams, the other from eight yards out by freshman running back Jon Oliver who was making his varsity debut.
Oliver who had previously been playing on junior varsity before the game admitted he had no idea he would play such a big role before the game had started.
“That freshman running back we got, Jon Oliver, he’s going to be a special one,” said Crusaders coach Caesar Nettles.
The Crusaders (6-1) will take on Georgetown Prep at home next week. On the other end the Black Knights (5-3) will face Maryland Christian at home.