Two undefeated teams in the Rivals Professional Football League clashed Saturday night at Wisner Stadium with the intensity high and the play physical.
Quarterback Kylo Talley and running back Richard Haley led the Oakland County Racers on what they thought was the game-winning drive, but Kevin Smith’s fifth touchdown pass of the game to Ed Thomas with six seconds left gave the Pontiac Generals a 32-30 victory Saturday night at Wisner Stadium.
Pontiac improved to 3-0 while the Racers fell to 2-1.
Smith overcame and up an down night to complete 13 of 28 passes for 280 yards and five TDs.
“Ed Future Thomas, what a first game,” said Smith. “Five touchdowns in his first game. He’s going to be a force in this league. I told coach let me make the calls, let me make the plays and I’d do it. I always want the ball with two minutes to go.”
Starring on offense Thomas intercepted a pass with 8:11 left in the third quarter to give the Generals great field position at the Racers 5.
Thomas ended the drive with his fourth TD catch of the game, this one from two yards out with 6:51 to play to give the Generals a 26-22 lead.
On the Racers next possession Talley was intercepted by Joseph McKinney, who returned the pick to the Oakland County 27.
The Racers defense held and Talley led the drive with Haley scoring from 1-yard out with 1:57 left. Haley caught the two-point conversion pass to make it 30-26.
After an error-prone start the offenses started to heat up late in the first quarter.
The Racers struck first on a nine-yard TD run by Haley with 4:13 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.
The Generals got on the board with a 9-yard TD pass from Smith to Thomas with 1:02 left in the first quarter to make it 7-6.
Haley electrified the crowd with a 68-yard punt return with 7:45 left in the first half to give the Racers a 14-6 lead.
Smith went down with 5:58 left in the first half with an apparent knee injury but eventually re-entered the game.
Both offenses were stalled by interceptions with KeVon Terrell coming up with a theft for Oakland County and Cleveland Cunningham one for the Generals.
Smith turned Cunningham’s interception into a 42-yard TD pass to Thomas with 1:38 left in the half to trim the deficit to 14-12.
Val Showers started the second half with a 60-yard return and the offense came away with points as Talley hit Dezmond Hart with a 19-yard TD pass with 8:30 left in the third quarter to give the Racers a 20-12 lead.
Smith responded with his third TD pass of the game to Thomas, this one from 9-yards out with 6:31 left in the third. His two-point conversion pass to Jermaine Calswell, who caught a 50-yard pass on the drive, tied the score at 20.
Pinned down at the four, the General gave up two points when the snap from center sailed over the punter’s head with 36.4 seconds left in the third for a 22-20 lead.
A controversial pass interference call in the fourth quarter put the Generals in scoring position, but the Racers defense held.
“We were confident that Kevin would make the plays,” said Coach Wendell Jefferson. “It was a great game. I thought we showed a lot of heart and poise coming back.”