UPPER MARLBORO – After appearing to have control of the contest at the midway portion of the third quarter, the Georgetown Prep High School football team needed overtime to come away with 27-24 victory over host Riverdale Baptist on Friday evening. Georgetown Prep (4-4) led 21-7 with the chance to add to the lead in the fourth quarter, but […]
UPPER MARLBORO – After appearing to have control of the contest at the midway portion of the third quarter, the Georgetown Prep High School football team needed overtime to come away with 27-24 victory over host Riverdale Baptist on Friday evening.
Georgetown Prep (4-4) led 21-7 with the chance to add to the lead in the fourth quarter, but the Little Hoyas had to call on running back Dage Davis to bail them out in overtime. Davis carried the ball 32 times for 194 yards and four touchdowns on Friday night, with the fourth putting the Little Hoyas ahead on their first possession of the overtime session.
“My offensive line did a great job blocking,” Davis said. “We really had a chance to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but we had some penalties and a turnover. We knew that Riverdale Baptist had a good team. They had won six straight and they were beating most teams easily. We have Landon next week and they’re our rivals. But I kept telling the guys not to look past these guys.”
Riverdale Baptist (6-2) had won six straight games since an opening day loss to Archbishop Spalding, but the Crusaders struggled on offense through much of the contest and appeared to be overwhelmed physically by the Little Hoyas’ offensive line.
Specialteams also proved unfavorable for Riverdale Baptist, with two miscues enabling the Little Hoyas to gain short fields.
“We keep telling our guys winning the field position battleand the turnover battle are keys,” said Riverdale coach Caesar Nettles, III, whose team will face either Avalon or Perry Street Prepin the Capital Area Athletic Conference championship game onNov. 7. “Today we had too many turnovers and we lost the field position battle on special teams. But I liked the fact that our guys fought through the adversity to come back and force overtime.”
GeorgetownPrep and Riverdale Baptist remained scoreless until late in the first half when a Crusaders’ special teams’mistake led to the Little Hoyas’ first touchdown. Punter Sir Patrick Scott was tackled on an unplanned fake at his own 14-yard line and two plays later the Little Hoyas garnered a 7-0 leadwith just over a minute remaining in the half on a run by Davis.
Riverdale’s offense quickly responded when quarterback Amir Hall connected with senior wide receiver Jaison Young for a 52-yard touchdown strike that tied the game at 7-7with 37 seconds left inthe half.
On its first possession of the second half, Georgetown Prep needed only six plays to go 66 yards to reclaim the lead. Davis carried the ball five times for 52 yards on the drive, racing the last 34 off left tackle for a touchdown that gave the visitors a 14-7 lead with eight minutes and thirteen seconds remaining in the third quarter.
After Hall was sacked and fumbled on the Crusaders’ first play of the next drive, Georgetown Prep took advantage. Again it was Davis who did the damage, carrying three times for 36 yards. On second down and goal from the Crusaders’ three-yard-line he went off left tackle for his third touchdown of the evening, lifting the Little Hoyas to a 21-7 lead.
Following a dismal series in which it went backwards 15 yards, Riverdale Baptist punted andthe Little Hoyas appeared on the verge of sealing the victory. Georgetown Prep marched 60 yards in 11 plays to set up a first down and goal situation at the Crusaders’ eight-yard line, but two holding penalties stalled the drive and Riverdale defensive back Zech McPhearson ended it with an interception on the third play of the fourth quarter.
Hall was intercepted on the Crusaders’ ensuing possession, but he made amends later in the quarter. With just over four minutes left he connected with Young for an 18-yard touchdown strike that narrowed the gap to 21-14. After the Cruaders’ defense held, Hall completed three passes for 39 yards and hit McPhearson for a one-yard score to tie the game at 21-21 with 1:39 remaining.
Hall threw three incomplete passes on the Crusaders’ first possession of overtime, but a 28-yard field goal by Jeremiah McBride gave the hosts a 24-21 lead. However, the Crusaders’ defense failed to secure the advantage. Davis ran nine yards on first down to reach the one-yard line and two plays later he went off left tackle for his fourth score of the contest to give the visitors the victory.