WINNSBORO — The undefeated Andrew Jackson Academy Confederates looked to put a damper on Senior Night for Richard Winn Academy and ended up doing just that, with a 22-21 win.
Richard Winn forced a turnover on downs on the first possession, and took over deep inside of Andrew Jackson territory.
Coach Dan Dickerson said he was impressed by the way his defense played on fourth down.
“On fourth down I thought they played well the whole ball game. They had been averaging about 60 points, so I thought we gave tremendous effort on defense,” he said.
It looked like the Eagles were on their way to the first score, until a Webb Yongue hurdle turned into a fumble, giving the Confederates back the ball.
Andrew Jackson turned the fumble into a five-minute drive that culminated in a short rushing touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion the Confederates were up 6-0.
The Eagles, not a team to be outdone, scored on the very next drive when John Coleman hit the edge for a 41-yard run.
Andrew Jackson’s next possession would take-up the majority of the second quarter, lasting nearly seven minutes, however they were stuffed yet again on a fourth down conversion attempt.
The Eagles were not able to put anything together on their next possession, and had to punt, which set up Andrew Jackson with a chance to show off their two-minute drill.
The Confederates marched up the field as the clock ran down. They set themselves up in prime position to score after a 20-yard run, but were unable to connect on a pass to the end-zone, and the half ended with Richard Winn up, 8-6.
Andrew Jackson started the second half with yet another lengthy drive. They charged down the field on a 15-play, 65-yard drive, that took up almost eight minutes, and ended with a touchdown.
“There’s not many guys that switch off the field when we go from offense to defense, so being out there trying to stop their offense for such a long period of time just takes a lot out of you. It’s constant pressure and hitting people,” Dickerson said.
To the Eagles’ surprise Andrew Jackson booted an onside kick, the second such attempt of the game, this time the Confederates fell on the ball, and converted that into another touchdown, to go up 22-8.
Andrew Jackson attempted to bamboozle the Eagles with another onside kick, but the Eagles were ready. The kick bounced into the waiting arms of Bryant Carvalho, who returned it for a touchdown.
Just like that the Eagles were right back in the game, despite not possessing the ball in the third quarter. A Webb Yongue interception early in the fourth opened the Eagles’ path for a tie.
They were stuffed on a fourth down attempt, and reluctantly had to punt the ball back to Andrew Jackson.
The Confederates looked to put away the game as they ran the clock from just over seven minutes down to around three minutes, but turned the ball over on downs, to set up Richard Winn with one more chance to tie or go for the win.
With 1:19 left John Coleman found his way into the end zone to bring the game to 22-21. Instead of electing to kick the extra point, the Eagles put it all on the table and decided to go for two.
The two-point conversion pass was picked off by Andrew Jackson. The Eagles attempted an onside kick, but the Confederates hopped on the ball, and took home the win, 22-21.
“If you get in an overtime situation with them knowing that they were picking up five yards a carry it could have gotten ugly, and we struggled just a bit against them moving the football, so I felt like it was the best decision to make,” Dickerson said.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.