Athens Drive narrowly edges Broughton, 28-27
Posted August 29, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The Athens Drive Jaguars picked up their first win of the season Thursday night in nail-biting fashion, narrowly edging the Broughton Capitals, 28-27.
Head Coach Chris Martin and his Jags echoed the team's performance from a year ago, when the 2013 Athens Drive team also got by the Caps with a one point win, 22-21. Football: Athens Drive vs. Broughton (Aug. 28, 2014)
Thursday night it was Athens Drive quarterback Otumos Payemanu who got things going for the Jaguars. He helped the team convert several third downs on its opening drive before he found receiver Markees Dasher alone in the endzone for a quick 7-0 lead.
Broughton immediately responded when Stephen McGowan returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. The Caps had their extra point blocked and trailed by a point after the touchdown exchange. Mayo: Athens Drive vs. Broughton, Leesville Road vs. Apex (Aug. 28, 2014)
Later in the quarter, Payemanu and the Jaguars were deep in their own territory when Broughton's Nick Hicks came up with a crucial interception to set the Capitals up on their own 13. A few plays later, Owen Wilkinson found Parker Hedgepeth in the back of the endzone for a 13-yard passing touchdown. After the two-point conversion, Broughton led 14-7.
Athens running back Jamie Barnes evened things up near the start of the second quarter with a 19-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 14-14.
Trading touchdowns became the theme of the night, as the Jaguars and Capitals went back and forth until the late minutes of the fourth quarter. In the end, Barnes and the Jaguars found the endzone one last time for the go-ahead score.
The win pushes the Jaguars to 1-1 on the season as they approach their tough Week-3 match-up with Lee County. Broughton also has a difficult opponent next week as it hosts the Garner Trojans.