Hall lifts Po­tomac (Md.) in thriller

Se­nior An­dre Hall’s five catches for 308 yards in­cludes the game-win­ner over Douglass.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL ER­RIGO michael.er­rigo@wash­post.com


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.

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