Published: Oct 09, 2011 02:00 AM
Modified: Oct 08, 2011 12:41 AM
CARRBORO - Tommy Daniel almost capped off an impressive comeback by Carrboro in the Jaguars' 28-20 loss to Northwood High on Friday.
With eight seconds left, Carrboro quarterback Alex McVeigh launched a hail Mary toward the end zone, and receiver Marlin Johnson tipped the pass into the outstretched fingertips of Daniel, but the ball fell to the ground.
"It was going in slow motion, man," Carrboro coach Jason Tudryn said. "It was like one of those TV moments. He had an opportunity, and that's all you can ask for in that situation."
Though the game ended in spectacular fashion and with Carrboro on the losing side, it didn't start nearly that way.
Carrboro (5-3) made a clear statement to start the game, marching 76 yards in five plays. Senior running back Douglas Parrish pounded the ball for 74 of those yards, and Trai Sharp ran it in for the 1-yard score.
Northwood (2-5) slowly chipped away at the Jaguars' momentum by stalling Carrboro's drives.
The Chargers strung together a 10-play, 84 yard drive in their second possession that landed Northwood on the Carrboro 9.
But running back Kevin Williams carried the ball up the middle 9 yards and fumbled into the end zone for a touchback.
Williams bounced back by rushing 29 times for 220 yards - 152 in the second half - and three touchdowns.
"Kevin's a special kid," Northwood coach Bill Hall said. "He had 1,700 yards last year rushing... Man, he came in the second half and played ball."
Northwood recovered nicely. The Chargers held the Jaguars scoreless in the second quarter and found a way to tie the game after Parrish Marrow intercepted a pass Carrboro's McVeigh left floating.
Northwood pushed the ball downfield and quarterback Cam Pappas hit Aumad Walker on a 5-yard slant route with 8 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 6-6. What's more is that it was fourth-down-and-five.
The Jaguars struck first in the second half and scored with a 19-yard pass from McVeigh to Parrish. But Williams, Northwood's explosive running back, ran in a 35-yard touchdown on the Chargers' next drive.
Williams capped off a 93-yard drive late in the fourth quarter with a three-yard scamper, and then zipped down the sideline less than a minute later for a 50-yard touchdown carry.
His third touchdown was set up by a crucial interception by Northwood's Adam Leviner.
The Jaguars did their best to come back. McVeigh connected with Johnson on a 14-yard pass to bring Carrboro within one touchdown, and the Jaguars recovered an onside kick, but the 25 remaining seconds proved too little for a second score in the game's final minute.
Northwood started the season 0-5, but is now on a two-game winning streak in Carolina-12 conference play.
Carrboro is in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
"This conference, just like last year, is wide open," Hall said. "Four out of the five teams can win this thing, and ... we're one of them."
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