The DeSales High School football team rebounded from an 18-3 halftime deficit for a 32-26 win over visiting Brookhaven on Aug. 31.
The game turned on a 62-yard touchdown run by Tyler West with 2 minutes, 56 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Alex Perrine found Griff Saunders for the two-point conversion to give the Stallions a 24-18 lead.
The West score came on the first play of the drive and during a quarter in which the Stallions (1-1) got two fourth-down stops inside their own territory, including one inside the 10-yard line.
After the Stallions’ LaShaun Sanders intercepted a Kevin Greenhow pass on the DeSales 22, J.T. Blubaugh scored on a 78-yard run on the first play of the ensuing drive and West ran in the two-point conversion to make it 32-18 with 1:19 to play.
“Fundamentally, we were better (in the second half),” DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins said. “We felt like we had given them a few things. Our guys just weren’t executing (in the first half).
“We went in during halftime and said, ‘We don’t have any magical formula here, you guys have to execute, tackle and make plays on the ball.”
The Bearcats (0-2) opened the scoring on a fake punt. Greenhow, also the starting quarterback, lined up in punt formation but passed the ball down the middle to Shadrik Browne, who eluded defenders en route to a 55-yard touchdown pass.
After recovering a muffed DeSales punt, Brookhaven scored on a 21-yard pass from Greenhow to Clevis Towns with 10:51 to go in the second quarter.
DeSales’ Adam Acquista connected on a 29-yard field goal to make it 12-3 with 6:17 to play in the second.
Greenhow answered with a 50-yard touchdown run on fourth down to make it 18-3.
The Stallions scored on the second half’s opening drive to make it 18-10 with 6:46 to play in the third. Blubaugh, who converted on a fake punt earlier in the drive, scored on a 12-yard run.
Following an Oliver Grimard interception that set up DeSales on the Brookhaven 17-yard line, Blubaugh scored from 11 yards out with 3:08 to play in the third.
Blubaugh finished with 189 yards on 20 carries.
Greenhow found Towns for a 64-yard scoring pass with 1:08 to play in the fourth.
“We’re really proud of these guys,” Brookhaven coach Trevor White said. “That’s two weeks in row where things have looked really bad. It’s been disappointing because we were in control, but we’ve fought all the way to the end.”
B -- Browne 55 pass from Greenhow (kick failed)
B -- Towns 21 pass from Greenhow (kick failed)
D -- Acquista 29 FG
B – Greenhow 50 run (pass failed)
D -- Blubaugh 12 run (Acquista kick)
D -- Blubaugh 11 run (pass failed)
D -- West 62 run (Saunders pass from Perrine)
D -- Blubaugh 78 run (West run)
B -- Towns 64 pass from Greenhow (Gayle pass from Greenhow)