Montgomery Bell Academy drove 95 yards on 13 plays late in the fourth quarter, capping the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run from senior Michael Lacey as the Big Red came from behind to beat Division II-AA rival Father Ryan 21-17 on Friday in a game that was delayed almost two hours by lightning.
“95 yards — that was huge,” MBA coach Marty Euverard said. “We kept the ball away from them and got in the end zone. There were several big plays on that drive. Cole (Euverard) keeping the drive alive — just running like a man — and Lacey just sticking that thing in there on a little reverse.”
Father Ryan (4-3, 0-3 DII-AA East/Middle Region), which hasn’t defeated MBA since 1997, nearly answered in the closing minutes, but quarterback Cameron Towns was unable to connect with wide receiver Jack Shoulders in the corner of the end zone, resulting in a turnover on downs.
Father Ryan’s special teams got the scoring started, as senior Andrew Rector blocked a punt, recovered the loose ball and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown with 10:12 left in the first quarter.
MBA (6-2, 2-2) answered on the ensuing possession as sophomore Ty Chandler scored from 2 yards out, capping a 15-play, 54-yard drive. MBA took its first lead of the game in the second quarter when quarterback Cole Euverard barreled into the end zone from the 1.
Moments later, lightning was spotted, starting what turned out to be a 109-minute delay.
MBA running back Ty Chandler (44) tries to get past Father Ryan defensive back Andrew Rector (4) in the first half during their game at Montgomery Bell Academy. MBA won 21-17.