RALEIGH — There is a reason they are called rivalries, and St. Augustines and Shaw gave the fans a show for the ages Saturday on St. Augs campus.
With three seconds left and the Falcons trailing 42-37, backup quarterback Alex Munro found receiver Brian Richards for a game-winning 15-yard touchdown on senior day. The 43-42 victory breaks a three-game win streak in the series by the Bears and keeps the Falcons undefeated at home.
St. Augs began the winning drive from its own 2-yard line with 1:07 remaining. After two incomplete passes and a pass interference call on Shaw, Munro hit streaking receiver Tyron Laughinghouse for 50 yards to the Shaw 33. The Bears were called for defensive holding on two of the Falcons next four plays. The last penalty came after Shaw thought it had intercepted Munro to end the game. Instead, the Falcons got the ball back at the 15 to set up the final play.
The play was designed for Laughinghouse but when I saw he was double-teamed, I looked over and saw Brian and let it go, Munro said. I had no idea I would be playing in the game, but when I saw Teddy take that big hit, I knew I had to pick it up.
Munro entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter and St. Augs trailing 35-23. He drove the Falcons 61 yards on nine plays that culminated in running back Roderick Davenports seven-yard score to pull the Falcons to within five points. Davenport rushed for 112 yards and two TDs as the Falcons outgained the Bears on the ground 162 yards to 30.
The Bears built what appeared to be an insurmountable lead when QB James Stallons threw a five-yarder to David Jordan to put Shaw back ahead by 12 with 3:52 left.
But Munro, who completed 6 of 12 passes for 129 yards and two TD, needed just over two minutes and another defensive holding penalty call on Shaw to put St. Augs into the end zone, this time hitting Jermaine Jones from six yards out with 1:36 left before setting up the last-second heroics.
This is our house, St. Augs coach Michael Costa said. In addition to Teddy, we had two starting linemen injured, but the kids played hard and never quit. Munro did what a backup is all about and today is his day. Its a lot better to end the season 6-4 than 5-5.
Laughinghouse caught seven passes for 121 yards and ended his Falcons career by breaking the schools single-season record in receptions.
The Bears loss negated a six-touchdown performance by Stallons, which set a single-game school record.
Shaw coach Robert Massey, whose team was penalized 15 times for 176 yards, did not talk to the media after the game.