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Looking Back at Week 4 in DCIAA Football

Four-hour bus rides aren’t too much fun, unless, of course, you do it after erasing a 20-point halftime deficit to win, 42-40, on a Hail Mary pass as time expired like Coolidge did last Friday at William Campbell.

The Colts traveled down to Campbell, located just south of Lynchburg in southern Virginia, and fell behind, 26-6, at the half. Coolidge gathered in its lockerroom and worried not about the result, but respectability.

“At halftime, I told them to stop worrying about the score,” said assistant Deric Davis, who served as interim coach for the game while Coach Jason Lane was at home nursing a sore back, “and just wanted to show that we can compete.”

They did more than that. With Campbell keying on senior Avery Williams, other Colts were able to grab the spotlight. Senior wide receiver Josh Ford caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, and senior running back Chris Strong rushed for a pair of second-half scores to put Coolidge ahead 34-32 midway through the fourth quarter.

After Campbell took back the lead, 40-34, Coolidge regained possession following a punt at its 48 with eight seconds left. Ford lined up isolated on the right, while three Colts were split to the left. Quarterback Anthony Bowser lofted a bomb that Ford caught in the end zone as time expired.

But that didn’t end the game. It was just tied at 40, and, with Coolidge having kicking problems all game on the wet field, the Colts had to go for a two-point conversion or settle for overtime.

“Everyone was going crazy,” Davis said, “but we couldn’t get a celebration penalty because we had to go for two.”

The Colts handed it off to Strong who bulled in from the left side for the two-point conversion and the victory.

The Colts’ bus didn’t get back to school until 4:30 a.m. Saturday, “but after a game like that, you don’t mind it,” Davis said.

McKinley was just thrilled to get on the field last Friday, after having to forfeit its game against Hyde on Sept. 11 when the school was unable to secure a doctor to be on site that day.

After making the trip to Weir, W. Va., on Sept. 18, and coming home with a 28-9 victory, the Trainers were just plain giddy.

“That felt real good,” McKinley Coach Cornell Simms said. “We needed that one.”

Senior left tackle Andre Johnson helped the Trainers’ inexperienced offensive line - with three sophomores and a junior – play its best game of the season, spurring junior running back Kevin Thompson to rush for 109 yards and two first-half touchdowns. Senior quarterback Malik Jarrett also played very well, completing 9 of 13 passes for 188 yards. His numbers looked better because wide receivers Darius Young and Roderick Smith were sprung loose on screen passes for touchdowns of 40 and 69 yards, respectively.

By Alan Goldenbach  |  September 22, 2009; 5:24 PM ET
Categories:  Coolidge , DCIAA football , McKinley  
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