LARGO – The Surrattsville High School football team played lockdown defense in pivotal moments to earn an important 16-8 road win over Largo High School on Oct. 4.
While quarterback Ryan Otey threw three interceptions in the second half, he was able to do enough to help his team to the close win, handing Largo an upset on its Homecoming night. The 6-foot senior completed 16 of 31 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns as the Hornets (2-3) picked up a much-needed win.
Both of Otey’s touchdown passes were to receiver Karon Foster, who recorded four catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. One pass was a 19-yard play at the six-minute mark in the opening quarter, and the other was a 38-yard pass on the Hornets’ following drive. Otey followed his scoring plays with two-point conversion passes to give Surrattsville the 16-0 lead.
With about two-and-a-half minutes left in the first quarter, Largo running back Quadir Gaskins broke loose around the 50-yard line and scurried for 48 yards to put the Lions in scoring position. On the next play, Lions quarterback Jalen Jackson gave the handoff to Tavon Simms, who ran the ball in for a 2-yard touchdown with just under two minutes to go.
In the final three quarters, both teams went cold offensively as their defenses combined for five interceptions and eight turnovers.
There were moments when Largo approached the red zone for a scoring opportunity – and likewise for the Hornets – but neither team was able to capitalize because of either good defensive coverage, lack of offensive execution or a costly penalty.
Backup Xavier Williams stepped on the field toward the end of the fourth to relieve Jackson. With Largo’s last chance to tie the score and force overtime, Williams threw a 28-yard pass for the first-down conversion with about 1:35 on the clock. However, moments later, Williams’ second heave was deflected by Andrew Neely and intercepted by middle linebacker Trevor Batson with 48 seconds remaining to seal the win. The Lions remain winless at 0-5 after the tough loss.
Surrattsville hopes to post another win when it hosts Gwynn Park High School on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. as Largo will seek its first win of the year at Central High School on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.