Hall lifts Potomac (Md.) in thriller
Senior Andre Hall’s five catches for 308 yards includes the game-winner over Douglass.
POTOMAC 32, DOUGLASS 30
The play call was a hook and ladder. With his team down four points and only seconds remaining, Potomac wide receiver Andre Hall was supposed to catch a pass over the middle and then lateral to a teammate. But that would involve Hall letting someone else decide the fate of this game. So instead, he made the catch, made a move, got to the sideline himself and sprinted untouched for a 75yard score.
It was the fourth touchdown of the game for Hall, who finished with five catches for 308 yards, and it delivered a 32-30 victory Saturday over Douglass.
After Douglass quarterback Devin Butler stretched the ball across the goal line with less than 30 seconds remaining to give his team a 30-26 lead, all eyes in Potomac’s stadium seemed to turn to Hall.
At that point, the senior had already scored on catches of 77, 45 and 80 yards. Could he do it again?
“‘Give me the ball, and I’m gonna make something happen.’ That’s what was in my brain,” Hall recalled thinking.
But what about quarterback Javonte Howard, who finished with 342 yards through the air? Did he know Hall was going to keep the ball, too?
“No doubt about it,” Howard said.
The play left a Douglass side, which had been celebrating its apparent comeback victory seconds earlier, in silent shock on the sideline. In the stands, a Potomac crowd enjoying its first home game of the season was a frenzied mess.
“This is unprecedented,” Potomac Coach Ronnie Crump said. “His performance outweighs any receiver for Potomac in a long time. I can only take my hat off to him.”
Plagued by two early fumbles, Douglass (5-3, 2-1 Prince George’s 3 A/2 A /1 A) went into the half trailing 26-16, and the score stayed that way for much of the second half. In what was a hard-hitting affair from both sides, the Wolverines (6-3, 3-1) largely contained Douglass’s triple-option attack.
But with under four minutes remaining, Butler stepped up for the Eagles, leading them downfield twice with both his arm and his legs. The 30-yard run to grab the lead was full of broken tackles and quick jukes and seemed like it would give Douglass the final say. It didn’t. “That was our big thing all week: We finally get to come home,” Hall said. “We couldn’t come out here and lose.”
They had also prepared long before this week, with the receivers often running routes with Howard long after practice in the hopes that they would be able to score when the moment mattered.
“They stay after and they work on timing, but they also work on their relationship,” Crump said. “They believe in each other.”
Senior wide receiver Andre Hall scored on catches of 77, 45, 80 and, on the game’s final play, 75 yards to lead host Potomac past Douglass.