It may have been senior night at Cane Ridge on Friday, but it was junior quarterback D.J. Thorpe who came up big when his team needed him most to give the Ravens a 40-34 win over visiting Gallatin.
“We felt like we had it covered,” Gallatin coach Mark Williams said. “Hats off to the Cane Ridge quarterback for making a play there. “We just over-pursued a little bit and he made a good play.”
Leading 34-28 with 4:53 remaining, Cane Ridge (8-2, 5-2 6-5A) went for a 23-yard field goal attempt, but Carlos Velasquez missed, setting Gallatin (4-6, 2-5) up with a chance to tie or take the lead.
Gallatin seized the advantage, and junior Jordan Mason took the ball all the way down to the 5 with a 75-yard run on the next play.
Jalen Porter tied the game at 34-34 on the very next play, but David Solis missed the extra point and the Green Wave were not able to take the lead.
Cane Ridge responded by promptly marching down the field all the way to the 6.
Gallatin defended well closing off all Ravens receivers, but Thorpe lowered his head and took it in for the score to put Cane Ridge ahead for good at 40-34 with 1:05 remaining.
“I just kept my fight, kept my composure and kept my head,” Thorpe said. “It was a pass, but I just saw a hole and had to make a play to put my team on top.”
The junior finished 23-of-32 for 374 yards, two passing touchdowns and one on the ground.
Mason racked up over 250 yards rushing and had three scores for the Green Wave.
Cane Ridge will be on the road next week as the first round of the playoffs begin.
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