Presbyterian Christian escaped with a narrow 27-21 overtime victory against Sumrall, extending the school’s winning streak to three games.
While the game came down to the wire, PCS (3-1) shut out Sumrall in the first half and took a commanding 21-0 lead early in the third quarter. However, PCS failed to score in regulation again, allowing Sumrall to score 21 unanswered points.
“Offensively, we let our defense down a little bit, but hats off to our kids,” PCS coach Derek White said. “They never blinked. We got a little weary-eyed, but we never blinked.”
Despite the offensive troubles, running back Marquis Crosby was a bright spot for the PCS run game.
Crosby finished the game with 32 carries for 265 yards and one rushing touchdown. After PCS’ kickoff return touchdown to open the second half was erased from a block in the back penalty, Crosby ran for the game’s longest touchdown of 73 yards on the next play.
Crosby suffered a mild ankle injury after a play in the third quarter but returned in the fourth. After Sumrall missed a field goal on its first possession in overtime, he ended the game with a 9-yard touchdown.
“My team kept going, so I didn’t want to let them down,” Crosby said. “I kept pushing even if I was hurt.
“I just kept playing hard, to get a win.”
Derek spoke about Crosby’s performance and perseverance throughout the game.
“Marquis Crosby is what you want every kid to be,” White said. “He fights, you saw him beat up, he fought through adversity last year. I’m disappointed in our state schools that we don’t have a state school that has offered that kid yet. He’s as good as they are off the field and on the field. He played his heart out.”
Sumrall (0-2) began its rally early in the third quarter with a 31-yard passing touchdown from quarterback John Ford to wide receiver Cade Dedeaux, which narrowed the scored 21-7.
Sumrall defensive end Cole Daniels was instrumental in the team’s comeback. On offense, Daniels finished the night with three carries for 13 yards and two touchdowns. He punched the ball in for a 1-yard rushing touchdown with seven minutes left in the game. After a 32-yard connection from Ford to receiver Hayden Barrett, Daniels ran for a seven-yard rushing touchdown with two minutes left. He then ran the ball in for a two-point conversion, which tied the game.
“He’s a great player, a visionary player,” Sumrall coach Shannon White said. “He’s 300 pounds coming through there, and he gets his knees up. Last year, he tripped a little bit, but this year he knows how to run, so he’s a part of our offense now for sure.”
Despite the late comeback, Sumrall’s five turnovers proved to be costly. Both of PCS’ first-half touchdowns came off Sumrall turnovers.
“We should have finished them off a little bit earlier, but Coach White did a phenomenal job,” Derek said. “Their defensive coordinator did a lot of great things and their passing game. Hats off to their kids. They wouldn’t quit, and we could never finish it off. That was a great football game.”
Ford finished the night 17-of-44 and threw 208 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
Ford’s three interceptions were all thrown to PCS linebacker Cameron Shaw, who now has six interceptions on the season. Shaw returned his first interception of the game for a touchdown.
Shannon explained that his team’s mindset moving forward will be to continue improving.
“Fewer interceptions, fewer drops, better routes, better protection, better tackling- same thing every week when you lose,” White said. “You just got to get better at what you do. We’re not going to change anything.”
Sumrall will play its next game next Friday against West Marion, while PCS will play a home game versus Wayne Academy.