St. David’s Warriors held on to beat the Hobgood Raiders 56-44 after losing a 24-0 first-quarter lead.
The Warriors scored on their first two offensive plays of the game when Melvin Briggs rushed for touchdowns of 55 and 74 yards.
But it was Briggs’ defensive play that had the biggest impact. With his team up 48-44 and Hobgood driving, Briggs stripped the ball from Greg Mullins and returned it 67 yards to seal the victory.
“That was crazy. I saw an opportunity,” Briggs said. “They were carrying the ball loosely all game. I saw an opportunity and took it.”
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Hobgood clawed their way back from a deficit of 26 points with four minutes left in the first half. The Raiders scored 38 unanswered points to take a 44-32 lead, capped off by a 99-yard touchdown run by Mullins, who ended with four touchdowns; runs 2, 60, 50 and 99 yards.
“[Mullins] didn’t play in the first quarter. I don’t know if it’s something we did or didn’t do when he came in; he’s that good of a player that he made that big of a difference,” said Warriors coach Daniel Evans.
Briggs scored the final three touchdowns of the game, runs of 86 and 4 yards, and the fumble return, to win.
“I’m very proud of Melvin,” Evans said. “He’s a great kid. He’s the kind of kid that makes it fun to come out to practice every day. It’s always fun when those kind of guys have successful games.”