Varsity football players usually don’t sit through hours of class on Monday, then march onto the field for a huge conference game as soon as the bell rings.
That was the case for the Brandywine Bulldogs and rival Mount Pleasant on a postponed homecoming Monday afternoon. The game was moved from Saturday because of bad weather, but the break didn’t bother the Green Knights, especially in the fourth quarter, when they used a little deception to secure a 20-6 Blue Hen Flight B upset.
The Green Knights’ kicker, Leon Eckert, kicked a 29-yard field goal with 3:34 left in the third and tied the game at 6.
“I know I can make it, so I was pretty confident today,” said Eckert, who has yet to miss a field goal this season, even though it’s the exchange student’s first year playing football. He also made a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter.
A turnover on Brandywine’s next drive put the Green Knights in great field position.
On fourth-and-short, Eckert came out for a short field goal attempt, but Mount Pleasant quarterback Jashawn Johnson took the snap and dashed to the outside for the touchdown.
“It was supposed to be a pass but they covered it real [well], so it was wide open, and we practice that a lot. … We do bad snaps on purpose,” said the freshman quarterback, who was in shock after the victory. “I was so nervous coming into this game.”
Senior Tavio Cone added one final touchdown for the Green Knights with 3:56 left to play, scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run. Cone thought Ramone Thompson’s interception was the turning point of the game and gave credit to the defense. The Green Knights’ Ronald Shipman-Scott also picked up an interception in the final quarter and Ramier Freeman’s fumble recovery kept the ball in Mount Pleasant’s possession until the final seconds.
“I’m happy for everybody,” said Cone, who had 98 yards on the afternoon. “I’m happy for my team and my coach. It just feels good.”
Brandywine (4-2, 2-1 Flight B) trailed 3-0 at the half but took its first and only lead early in third. Quarterback Sayvon Willis’ 27-yard pass to Richard Hill plus a 19-yard carry from Tyrezz Walker set up a 6-yard rushing touchdown from Stefon Johnson.
Mount Pleasant’s freshman Dannon Williams led his team with 141 yards rushing.
“This came at a perfect time for us,” said Mount Pleasant coach Randy Holmes. “For the rest of the season, I think this is going to give those young players confidence and the seniors want to close this thing out well. I think it’ll give all the kids a nice boost.”
Mount Pleasant (2-4, 2-3 Flight B) picked up its first win of the season last week against Dickinson after losing its first four games.
“If you’re going to look past us, you’re going to get burnt,” Holmes said.