Athens Drives rallies to beat Broughton

CorrespondentAugust 29, 2013 

— There were plenty of mistakes by both teams, but in the end Athens Drive got what coach Chris Martin said his team really needed, a win.

The middle of the Jaguars defense stopped Broughton quarterback Patrick Kearney on a fourth and one try at the Athens 43 with just over a minute to play to wrap up the Jags' 22-21 victory.

Kearney, who threw for 357 yards in the game, had just led his team from its own one-yard line to past midfield, looking for the comeback win. He completed a 24-yard pass play on the previous down, but it wasn't quite enough to keep the Caps from dropping to 0-2.

Athens got a tremendous game from senior runner Dominique Lynch, an all-conference selection last year, who rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns despite battling cramps in the second half.

But Athens, now 1-1 after losing to Greenville Rose last week, had to overcome 18 penalties and a few ball handling mistakes.

Broughton fought to stay in the game despite having three extra points blocked and the Caps turned the ball over four straight possessions in the final quarter before the final drive.

"It was a game of mistakes," said Broughton first-year coach Billy Lane. "They made a lot of theirs in the first half and we made a lot of ours in the second half and it turned out our mistakes ended up being a little bit more costly.

"It was sloppy, we didn't execute, but I'll give our kids credit. We kept fighting, grinding till the end," Lane said. "Several guys on defense played a lot of snaps, like lineman Rashid Hurst and linebacker Joey Moore played almost every snap of defense and he's on special teams. There's no quit in those guys."

For Athens Jackson Wetherby blocked two kicks and Dimeris Hedgepeth blocked the other. Hedgepeth also recovered a fumble and scored on a 7-yard run on his only carry. Colon McCormac provided what proved to be the winning point on his second extra point kick in the final minute of the third quarter.

"We were the ones who overcame the mistakes, I guess," Martin said. "We've got a pretty decent running game, Lynch runs tough, he gets our offense going. And they just did an excellent job grinding it out. It's just a matter of jelling as a team and preventing mistakes."

Martin saw improvement in his team's second game.

"We're young in some areas, Rose exposed that last week and Broughton saw that, but we came up with a couple of interceptions in crucial areas. But then we did blow some coverage, too, but we can fix that. We just needed this win for our program.

For Broughton, Andrew King kicked a 25-yard field goal and Keenan Willard caught touchdown passes of 15 and 50 yards from Kearney and Kearney ran for one score.

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