Explosive fourth quarter gets Jefferson past Patriots
CHARLES TOWN — With three scores in the last quarter, Jefferson overcame Washington’s single wing offense and defeated the Patriots, 34-28, on the final play of the frosty Friday night.
Trailing by seven points with only 3:29 remaining, the Cougars managed a pair of touchdowns in the waning minutes to snatch victory from what could have been the loss column.
After a relatively uneventful first half, the two teams combined for 41 points in the back-and-forth second half.
Corbin Pierson’s two short runs for scores had lifted the Cougars to a 14-7 lead at the intermission.
But then Washington’s Taylor Bosley returned the second-half kickoff all the way to the Jefferson 29. It took a series of short-yardage running plays to move into scoring range for the Patriots. Finally, Jace Bradbury got into the end zone from the one and the game was even at 14-14.
Still in the third period, Washington’s Frankie Amore fled 46 yards to send the Patriots out to a 21-14 lead.
The fourth quarter was at hand.
Four touchdowns would be counted.
Pierson threw to Isaiah Fritts and once more it was tied, this time at 21-21.
Bradbury came back with his nine-yard touchdown run to give the Patriots a quickly dissipated 28-21 advantage.
The clock had only 3:29 on it, when the Cougars received the next kickoff.
Pierson spotted Spencer Powell, who made an acrobatic 32-yard catch of another game-tying touchdown pass.
With just 1:05 remaining, the Cougars were 74 yards from scoring again.
Downfield came the Cougars. With only eight seconds left, Pierson bobbled the snap, but secured the football before throwing to Jon Gidney on the last play of regulation time.
When Gidney caught the on-target throw, Jefferson had a 34-28 win that completed its season with a 3-7 overall record.
Washington was forced to turn in its own 3-7 overall record and end its season on Jefferson’s field after the game was moved because of work on the all-weather track at Washington High School.