Enloe and Broughton have been playing against each other since 1963 when the Eagles had their first varsity football team.
Very few games though could have had the wild fourth quarter that Enloe’s 31-29 win provided Friday night.
For the Eagles (3-7, 1-5 Cap Eight) it was a win that looked elusive for much of the game.
For Broughton (1-9, 0-6) it was the second straight week the Caps put together a strong rally, just to lose a heart breaker. The Caps were stopped on a two-point conversion with seven seconds left that could have sent the Caps into their second straight overtime contest.
Broughton started strong and led 17-16 entering the final period. The Caps also got a big break at the beginning of the period when Enloe drove 66 yards to the 1 only to fumble into the end zone. Broughton’s Sherrod McKoy recovered for the touchback.
But the Eagles, behind senior quarterback Cameron Lewis, came back to post a pair of touchdowns, a 3-yard run by Lewis followed by a two-point conversion run by Lewis. A 25-yard scoring pass from Lewis to Darius Payne gave Enloe a 31-17 lead with 2:44 left.
Broughton got a 52-yard kickoff return from Josh Roberts to set up a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dom Ford to Roberts with 1:35 left. Enloe’s Trevor Nelson blocked the extra point, but McKoy recovered the Caps’ onside kick and Ford led his team to another score, a touchdown pass from Ford to Roberts, that cut the lead to 31-29 with seven seconds left.
On the two-point conversion try, Ford was chased down by a swarm of Enloe defenders, led by linebacker Justus Bullock and tackle Dahryl Moses.
“We’ve shot ourselves in the foot all year long,” Enloe coach Steve Johnson said. “We’ve had four or five games we should have won, but tonight the kids kept with it and didn’t lose it.”
“We didn’t make enough plays, just too many mistakes, too many missed opportunities,” said a disappointed Caps coach Billy Lane.
“Right now we’re just not good enough to win close games. We’re not where we thought we’d be, or where we need to be. Now we’ve got get ready for Heritage next week and we’ll see how these seniors want to end their careers on their home field.”