On the night Berea High School celebrated its 50th year of football, it looked as though the one-two punch of Powdersville junior quarterback Jordan Smith and sophomore running back David Stanley would be doing the celebrating.
Unfortunately, for the Patriots, things did not work out. Leading 14-13 with less than a minute to go and with the game seemingly in hand, all the Patriots needed to do was take a knee to seal the victory but an errant snap gave Berea the football at the Patriots’ 5-yard line.
Two plays later, Berea quarterback Chris Edwards sneaked into the end zone over right guard to give Berea the 20-13 victory.
“This game was a hard-fought game,” said Robbie Cole, who won his first game as Berea’s coach, “and we were lucky to win there at the end. Powdersville is a good, young team and so are we. We just happened to pull it out tonight. I am just proud of the guys for not giving up.”
Berea took the lead when senior running back D.J. Brooks raced 47 yards for a touchdown with 7:32 left in the first quarter.
After neither team could manage to move the ball, Edwards, while being pressured by the Patriots’ defense, was intercepted by Powdersville sophomore defensive back Trint Oglesby picked it off and raced 78 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately for Powdersville, the score was nullified due to an illegal block.
The Patriots took over at the Bulldogs’ 41 and capped off a 10-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Smith with 10:40 remaining in the first half. The teams went into the locke room at the half tied 7-7.
The third quarter was scoreless and set the stage for an exciting fourth quarter.
With 11:33 left in the game, the Patriots took a 14-7 with an 11-yard touchdown run by Smith.
Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs raced down the field on their next drive to score when Berea sophomore receiver Caleb Nesbitt took a handoff in the backfield and scored from 8 yards out. Berea missed the extra point and trailed 14-13 with 10:09 remaining.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs recovered a pooch kick but were unable to take advantage.
Neither team managed to score but Powdersville seemed to dominate the fourth quarter until the botched snap set Berea up for the winning score.