Broughton stuns Terry Sanford, 30-27
Posted September 10, 2010
Updated September 11, 2010
Up by two touchdowns at halftime, Terry Sanford seemed assured of a win Friday night. But an injury to Bulldogs tailback Anthony Hobbs and two blocked punts by Broughton's Clay Jones allowed the Caps to erase a 20-point deficit for a stunning 30-27 nonconference victory.
Broughton vs. Terry Sanford
Terry Sanford quarterback Dante McDonald had a monster night. His 65-yard touchdown run with 4:16 left in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs a seemingly secure 27-7 lead. McDonald had already scored on runs of 68 and 40 yards. He finished with 16 carries for 235 yards. McDonald also completed 8 of 13 passes for 64 yards.
McDonald and Hobbs were an effective one-two punch for Terry Sanford in the first half. Hobbs had 11 rushes for 86 yards in the first 24 minutes. His 14-yard scoring run and McDonald's two-point conversion keeper provided the Bulldogs with a 21-7 lead at the break.
Terry Sanford coach Wayne Inman said medical personnel examined Hobbs and advised that he not continue playing. The preliminary diagnosis was a bruised knee.
The inexperience of Hobbs' replacement, Mike Rose, limited the Bulldogs' offensive package. Rose ran 11 times for 60 yards but his biggest gain on five fourth quarter carries was three yards.
Broughton (3-1) hijacked the momentum just two plays after McDonald's last score as Caps junior back Chris Mangus cut across the field and outran the pursuit for a 71-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 27-14 with 3:25 left in the third quarter. The Caps drove 58 yards to get within 27-21 with 5:53 to go on an 8-yard scoring pass on fourth down from Will Cooper to Parrish Crowder. Cooper had connected with Thomas Brown on the previous fourth down for eight yards and a first down at the Bulldog 10. The big play on the possession was a 36-yard reception by Tre O'Neal.
Cooper completed 13 of 27 passes for 187 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Jones blocked a punt to give Broughton the ball at the Bulldogs 21 with 4:18 left. After a fourth down procedure penaty that moved the ball from the 12 back to the 17, the Caps settled for a 34-yard field goal by Hayden Pezzoni that narrowed the gap to 27-24 with 3:33 remaining.
Jones caught the next punt as it left the foot of Adam Rose and Broughton took over at the Bulldogs 14. Terry Sanford (2-2) incurred a substitution infraction that moved the Caps to the nine. Mangus ran for eight yards before Cooper wedged into the end zone from a yard out with 1:46 to go.
Cameron Bandurraga blocked the extra point to keep the Bulldogs within a field goal.
McDonald's running and passing got Terry Sanford to the Broughton 48 before he was sacked on fourth down.
"When you give up big plays in the kicking game and you have the holding penalties and the mistakes that we made in the second half and you're playing against a football team that can make things happen in a hurry, this is what happens to you," Inman said. "We just didn't play very well, we didn't coach very well the second half and we gave up blocked punts in the kicking game.
"They just stayed after us and we put them in position to win."
Bulldogs senior Nick Broussard came back from a two-game suspension with 12 tackles, including four for losses.
"We've got to finish," Broussard said.