Rams pull out their sec­ond straight win in 4th quar­ter

Lee takes 2nd in­ter­cep­tion for game-clinch­ing score

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Mike Frainie

If a great free safety is one who is in the right place at the right time, then Dig­i­tal Har­bor’s Tim­mie Lee cer­tainly qual­i­fies.

Lee con­trib­uted two in­ter­cep­tions, one to kill an Edmondson scor­ing drive and the other a 57-yard re­turn for a touch­down to seal the game, to lead vis­it­ing Dig­i­tal Har­bor (2-0, 1-0 Bal­ti­more City league) to a 14-0 vic­tory over Edmondson (0-2, 0-1).

The Rams were led by quar­ter­back Rory Travers, who com­pleted nine of 16 passes for 160 yards and a touch­down. Tyrese Kwanna was his fa­vorite re­ceiver, con­tribut­ing 106 of the yards on four catches, in­clud­ing the only of­fen­sive touch­down of the game.

The game was score­less un­til the fi­nal 2:42, with both teams play­ing just enough de­fense — and mak­ing just enough mis­takes — to stay off the score­board.

Edmondson had the best chance to take the lead early in the game. On their sec­ond pos­ses­sion, the Red Storm drove from their own 9-yard line to the Dig­i­tal Har­bor 6. On a sec­ond-and-4 play, the Rams’ Dar­nell Wil­lis in­ter­cepted Edmondson quar­ter­back Michael Tay­lor in the end zone to kill the drive.

Af­ter a three-and-out for Dig­i­tal Har­bor, Edmondson went to work again. Tak­ing over at their own 47-yard line, the Red Storm drove to the Dig­i­tal 20. On a third-down play, Tay­lor threw to the mid­dle of the field. Lee in­ter­cepted it in stride at the 5-yard line, and re­turned it to his own 40.

The two teams played a field-po­si­tion game in the sec­ond half, and it again ap­peared Edmondson would take the lead. Af­ter tak­ing over on the Dig­i­tal Har­bor 39-yard line, the Red Storm got the ball to the Dig­i­tal 12 but came up a yard short, pick­ing up 6 yards on a fourth-and-7 to turn Edmondson wide re­ceiver Deshawn Ruf­fin catches a pass in the first half. The game was score­less un­til the fi­nal 2:42. the ball over.

Mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, the Rams got the ball at their own 21-yard line. Com­ple­tions to Mon­tice Stephens and Ja­mal Pope moved the ball to the Edmondson 47 be­fore an un­sports­man­like-con­duct penalty two plays later moved the ball to the Red Storm 30. On the next play, Travers found Kwanna, who made a leap­ing catch near the 10-yard line and then ran un­touched into the end zone. Af­ter a two-point con­ver­sion pass to Stephon Tor­rence, the Rams led 8-0 with 2:42 left.

“I kept telling [Travers] I was open, and to get methe ball,” Kwanna said. “We’d tried it a few times ear­lier in the game and just didn’t con­nect. They were play­ing off me on the play, and I got open.”

Edmondson mounted an­other drive, but that’s when Lee got in on the act again. On the third play of the drive, at the Dig­i­tal 45-yard line, Tay­lor’s pass missed his re­ceiver and landed in Lee’s hands. He did the rest, scam­per­ing 57 yards down the Rams side­line to give Dig­i­tal Har­bor a 14-0 lead and put the game out of reach with 1:50 left.

“Coach kept telling me to be in the right place, and the op­por­tu­ni­ties will come,” Lee said. “I read the cov­er­age, and the ball was right there. I caught it and took off.”

The win, fol­low­ing a vic­tory against Tow­son last week in which they had trailed 10-0 in the fourth quar­ter, is giv­ing the Rams a rep­u­ta­tion for the dra­matic.

“We just re­verted to last week” Mon­day in the fourth quar­ter, Rams coach Ron­ald McClary said. “It was an­other gut check for us, and the fourth quar­ter is turn­ing out to be our best quar­ter. That’s not a bad thing.”


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