Com­ing through

Rams rally in fourth quar­ter to beat Hor­nets, give head coach Briscoe first win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­

Jonathan Briscoe was put to the test in the fi­nal minutes of his first game as McDonough head foot­ball coach. The first win can be the hard­est to get.

His Rams trailed 9-8 to the vis­it­ing Great Mills Hor­nets as the fourth-quar­ter clock kept tick­ing down. Then one score came fol­lowed by an­other and just like that McDonough had a 22-9 vic­tory on Fri­day night in the teams’ South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence opener and Briscoe was a win­ner in his open­ing game as head coach.

Briscoe said it was con­fi­dence and drive that as­sisted the team in the vic­tory.

“The big­gest mes­sage I’ve wanted to get out to these guys is they are a tal­ented team,” Briscoe said. “We just have to start

be­liev­ing it. It was a close game all the way through but in that fourth quar­ter we saw what we were ca­pa­ble of. We saw two big plays by two great play­ers and that put us above and that’s what we needed to get the win to­day.”

Great Mills (0-1 over­all) led 9-8 just past the four-minute mark of the third quar­ter af­ter sopho­more Ja­mari Jor­dan caught a 31-yard touch­down pass from ju­nior quar­ter­back Will Skin­ner, who re­placed starter Vincent Chap­man when he went down 14 sec­onds into the pe­riod.

That lead stood un­til Demarco Davis caught a 33-yard touch­down pass from sopho­more quar­ter­back Wil­liam Golden with 3:46 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter, putting McDonough (1-0) up 15-9.

Davis then in­ter­cepted a Skin­ner pass and the Rams took over on their own 47-yard line. Ju­nior Hezekiah Hawkins cap­i­tal­ized with a 43-yard touch­down run to make it 22-9 with just 2:18 re­main­ing.

McDonough’s de­fense of Dy­lan Tay­man-Dod­son and Zachary Mont­gomery held the Hor­nets back from scor­ing in its fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

“Wil­liam Golden is a sopho­more and we knew com­ing in early that con­fi­dence was go­ing to be some­thing that he would have to gain as the game went on,” Briscoe said, “and as the game went on he got bet­ter and bet­ter. He had a nice pass here to Demarco Davis for a touch­down. He just kept his com­po­sure and stuck it out and led the team to a vic­tory, so I’m proud. A sopho­more do­ing that in his first var­sity game, I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Hawkins was the team’s lead­ing re­ceiver with two catches for 56 yards and two touch­downs. He gave credit where credit was due.

“First of all, I want to say Wil­liam [Golden], good job. Line, good job, go­ing both ways is tir­ing. We’re bat­tling in­juries. We only have six, seven line­men and they’re go­ing both ways [of­fense and de­fense].

“The num­ber one thing our coaches preach is be­lief. The sec­ond thing is hard work. Just as long as we work hard and be­lieve in our­selves we’ll get it done. We needed ef­fort [to come back] with every­body keep­ing their head in the game. We needed to push through, with in­juries; we had a lot of in­juries tonight. Our cap­tains stepped up.”

Great Mills head coach Tyrone Bell said he was happy with Jor­dan’s ef­forts.

“He made a big play when called upon,” Bell said. “Ev­ery day he gets bet­ter. We need to find ways to get all of our play­mak­ers the ball. The num­ber one goal this week is to put the ball in the hands of Jor­dan, [Jeremiah] Bald­win, [Yann] Zeba and [Troy] Her­bert early and let them be foot­ball play­ers. I thought [Dar­ius] Med­ley had a solid game too and we will con­tinue to feed him in the run game.”

Med­ley fin­ished as Great Mills’ lead­ing rusher with 16 car­ries for 86 yards. The Hor­nets are sched­uled to host West­lake at 6 p.m. Fri­day. The Wolver­ines shut out St. Charles in Week 1, 22-0.

Briscoe said he and his team are tak­ing it one win at a time. The Rams are sched­uled to be at St. Charles at 7 p.m. Fri­day.

“I’m new to the con­fer­ence. I haven’t looked at St. Charles, but right now we need to fo­cus on be­ing bet­ter as McDonough Rams,” he said. “That’s the first and fore­most goal. We’ll watch film and eval­u­ate what we need to do af­ter that.”


McDonough sopho­more quar­ter­back Wil­liam Golden gets the play call off to his of­fense in Fri­day night’s con­est against the Great Mills Hor­nets. Golden’s 33-yard touch­down pass to Demarco Davis with 3:46 left in the fourth quar­ter gave the Rams the lead and even­tual 22-9 vic­tory.

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