WILMINGTON – It was a monumental night for the Tatnall football program.
Playing under the lights for the first time in school history, the Hornets received three touchdown passes from Carl Marvin on their way to a hard-fought 18-7 victory over Independent Conference rival Tower Hill Friday night at Weymouth Field.
With a large crowd looking on, Marvin completed 9-of-22 passes for 255 yards and scoring strikes of 78 and 65 yards to Jared Duncan. Late in the fourth quarter, Cam Easton caught a 4-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to seal the victory and subsequently send the fans into a frenzy.
Tatnall improved to 3-1 and looks to be on its way to consecutive winning seasons after going 6-4 last year.
“Tower Hill is a great football team,” Tatnall coach Jody Russell said. “They played really tough. We have some of the best playmakers in the state and at times guys like Jared Duncan and Cam Easton, they took over tonight when we were struggling a bit with the run game. Big catches down the stretch to pull this out.”
How about playing under the lights?
“It’s unbelievable,” Russell said. “You sit here and watch all this and it’s amazing, unbelievable with about 2,000 people here under the lights. It’s great for our community, great for the school, great for everybody.”
Tatnall went ahead 6-0 on Duncan’s 78-yard catch from Marvin with 10:02 remaining in the second quarter.
But the Hillers defense stiffened through the end of the third quarter, especially the performance given by Harry Quimby. In addition to blocking a punt, Quimby picked up an interception and gave the Hillers great field position at the Tatnall 34 with 5:04 left in the first half.
Tower Hill went on a nine-play drive with A.J. Falco plunging in from the 1 on fourth and goal with 27.2 seconds left. Ty Gates’ extra point gave the Hillers a 7-6 advantage at the end of the third.
Tatnall scored the final 12 points of the game in the fourth and pulled away for the victory.
On third-and-7 from its 35, Duncan caught a pass from Marvin in the flat and scampered 65 yards for a score. The two-point conversion run was stopped at the goal line and the Hornets led 12-7.
Tower Hill had one final possession to go back ahead with 4:31 remaining in regulation, but couldn’t move the ball and were denied on fourth-and-2 from its 13.
Tatnall took over and Easton capitalized with a 4-yard reception for a touchdown which sealed the win.
“They’re a good team, we’re a good team, and we played hard and we practiced hard all week,” said a jubilant Marvin. “The coaches gave us a great gameplan. We have great senior leadership and we just played our hearts out.”
Playing under the lights added to the excitement of the victory.
“It was great. It was surreal,” Marvin said. “I tried to stay in the zone, but when I’m on the sidelines, I get pretty excited.”
“It was great,” Duncan added. “It was the first time ever that it happened in Tatnall history. It was great for all of us. The fans were here and screaming. We were ready to go and I definitely think it had a factor in the game.”
Easton ended up with six receptions for 107 yards while Duncan caught two passes for 143 yards.
Tower Hill was limited to only 156 yards of total offense.