Havelock Middle rallies to beat Tucker Creek for Godette Trophy

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 04:52 PM.

“We were really struggling to get that last 10 yards,” Tucker Creek coach Michael Sloan said. “I don’t know that it would have made a difference. We couldn’t really stop them. They were just too fast and too strong.”

Chris Johnson got the Trojans started with a 32-yard run. Anference McGaskill capped the drive with a 35-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left in the third quarter, and Troy West’s two-point conversion run put Havelock Middle ahead 16-12.

Havelock Middle’s Tyiyon Johnson recovered a Mustang fumble on fourth down on the next series, and quarterback Joshua Reid threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Jomar Stewart. Johnson’s two-point run put Havelock Middle in command at 24-12 with just 5:42 left.

The Mustangs drove to their own 45 on their next series but came up a yard short on fourth down, turning the ball over with two minutes left.

The final two minutes proved interesting, when Melton was flagged for two unsportsmanlike penalties and ejected from the game for arguing with the referees. The Trojans, instead of just running out the clock, attempted passes, but Tucker Creek’s Nathan Gravina stopped the final drive with an interception with 10 seconds left.

“I told them this was a great season,” said Sloan, whose Mustangs were 5-2 on the year. “We finished 5-1 in conference. We’ve had a lot of injuries this year and we had a lot of young players step up and play.”

The Trojans scored on their second play when McGaskill went 45 yards for a touchdown and Johnson ran in the two-point conversion, but the rest of the first half belonged to the Mustangs.

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