Allderdice uses late TD to beat Brashear
Allderdice came into its game against Brashear having lost 11 of its past 13 against the Bulls, but the Dragons made sure that trend did not continue. Allderdice came away with a wild 23-18 comeback victory Friday night at Cupples Stadium.
“Our kids don't quit,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “They have so much adversity every day in their lives that they just don't quit, and I'm so proud of them that they don't.”
Trailing 18-17 with 2:42 to play, the Dragons (4-4, 4-1) quickly maneuvered 74 yards for the winning drive. Timothy Jackson culminated the march with a 39-yard touchdown reception from twin brother James Jackson with 42 seconds to play.
A few plays earlier, James saw Timothy wide open for what would have been a sure go-ahead score, but the ball was just beyond Timothy's reach.
“The Jackson brothers are phenomenal athletes,” Haslett said. “They have the twin thing going on where they have such a rapport going between them. When James throws it, Timothy is in the vicinity.”
The brothers had quite a night: James finished 7 for 18 for 167 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Timothy caught five passes for 130 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Brashear coach Eric Murphy said. “Obviously it came down to the last minute. We made some mistakes and shot ourselves in the foot, and Allderdice got the win.”
Allderdice took a 7-0 lead into halftime on Marquis Martin's 10-yard touchdown run. Martin finished with 27 carries for 104 yards and two rushing scores.
That set the stage for a stirring second half. The teams combined to score 34 of their 41 points in the third and fourth quarters.
Brashear (4-4, 3-2) thought it had won the game after Khalia Saunders' 23-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Angelo Reed late in the fourth quarter. Reed finished the game 8 for 18 for 126 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Haslett said it will not be easy having to play Brashear in consecutive weeks but acknowledged that doing so after a win will make things a more enjoyable.
“We have Brashear again next week. It was nice to get a win,” said Haslett. “We got them tonight, but obviously next week is going to be a dog fight.”
Jeff DeBaldo is a freelance writer.