Presbyterian Christian and Parklane Academy went down to the final seconds in a high scoring thriller – ending in a 41-40 win for the PCS Bobcats.
Parklane Academy jumped out to an early lead with a two-yard touchdown run by running back Brady Wilson with 4:45 remaining in the first quarter.
Two minutes later, junior cornerback Landon Lofton recovered a Parklane fumble for the Bobcats and returned it to the house for a 23-yard touchdown with 2:26 remaining in the first. PCS was unsuccessful in their two-point attempt, giving Parklane a 7-6 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Parklane answered back with a 21-yard touchdown run by running back Taylor Alford giving the Pioneers a 14-6 lead with 10:10 remaining in the second quarter.
PCS responded by marching down the field with an impressive offensive showing with a mixture of rushing and passing plays. With 4:50 remaining in the half, junior running back Marquis Crosby punched his way into the endzone from the two-yard line. Another failed two-point conversion left the Bobcats trailing 14-12.
It only took Parklane two minutes to march down the field and score with a rush up the middle with a five-yard run to give them a 20-12 lead with 1:05 left in the first half.
But the Bobcats were undeterred.
On the very next play, Lofton ran back an impressive 81-yard kickoff return to give and with a successful two-point conversion, PCS managed to tie it up 20-20 going into halftime.
PCS Assistant Coach Eric Dice acknowledged coming out of the locker room that the Bobcats would have to make some adjustments in order to pull off a win.
“We have to make some stops on 3rd down and make it a 4th quarter game.”
And that’s just what they did on the first defensive drive forcing Parklane to a three and out.
The defensive stop by the Bobcats set the tone for the second half.
Driving the ball deep in their own territory, PCS found themselves with a fourth down and decided to go for it.
In an impressive offensive showing, quarterback Collin Necaise dropped back, eluded three defenders, and lobbed a pass to Crosby for a 22-yard touchdown with 6:05 remaining in the third.
But Parklane wasn’t done. The Pioneers answered back with a nice drive of their own and after the PCS defense jumped offsides, it gave the visitors the opportunity they were looking for. With 1:30 left in the third quarter, Parklane answered with a five-yard quarterback keeper. But a blocked extra point resulted in a one-point lead for PCS, 27-26.
The back and forth scoring continued as PCS converted an 8-yard quarterback draw by senior Rico Dorsey giving PCS a 34-26 lead.
Despite a booming kickoff to the goal line, Parklane returned it for a 100-yard touchdown to tie it at 34-34 with 9:48 in the fourth quarter.
But the scoring continued.
Making good use of the clock, the Bobcats drove the ball back down the field and scored on another quarterback draw by Dorsey to give PCS a 41-34 lead with 5:04 remaining in the game.
Hoping to repeat on its quick scores earlier in the game, Parklane’s offense put together a solid drive, but used up much of the clock before scoring on a short run with 37 seconds left in the game.
But rather than going for tie, the Pioneers decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion. But the PCS defense was ready and a swarm of Bobcats stuffed them behind the line of scrimmage.
With 37 seconds remaining, PCS held on to a narrow 41-40 lead.
After an unsuccessful onside attempt, the Bobcats did their best to run out the clock, but Parklane managed to hang onto their timeouts and forced PCS to punt the ball giving the Pioneers eight seconds to make some magic, but it wasn’t enough and after a hard-fought game, the Bobcats won 41-40.
Following the game, PCS Coach Derek White said he thought his team struggled at times, but was proud of them for finding a way to win.
“We talk everyday about how we are going to earn the right to win,” White said. “We are a four quarter team and we train for games like this. We feel like you are going to see our best football team in the fourth quarter and that’s what happened tonight.”
But just barely.
After the last possession, White said he felt like he made some bad calls trying to run out the clock.”
“But fortunately, we are a family around here and my family bailed me out late in the ballgame. Forty eight of them picked me up tonight and I love these guys for that.”
The win and momentum couldn’t come at a better time with PCS plays Sumrall in a rivalry game honoring the veterans next Friday.
“I respect Sumrall head coach Shannon White,” said White. “He is a friend of mine and a great Christian man. I respect his values. They are a very good football team and we look forward in facing them.”