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state semis next week. “Barry Har­graves made that (game-win­ning) touch­down catch the play af­ter he dropped a touch­down.

“An­thony Wal­lace could’ve hung his head af­ter that (missed 25-yard) field goal (at­tempt in the first over­time). I look at that score­board and think about how we walked off of this field a year ago and how we’re for­tu­nate enough this year to be on the side of a one-point win.”

And Nor­com (8-5) was equally un­for­tu­nate. The Grey­hounds’ kicker, Emil Lind­holm, missed field-goal at­tempts in the first and sec­ond over­times, but it was his ex­tra point that fell short af­ter it was tipped in the third over­time that was the cru­elest blow.

The Grey­hounds had just taken a 6-0 lead when Tau­rus Jones — his team’s de­fen­sive star with 14 tack­les — made a div­ing catch of Ja­coby Smith’s pass that a Phan­tom bat­ted in the end zone. Nor­com play­ers, on the field and rush­ing from the side­lines, cel­e­brated so ex­u­ber­antly that they were pe­nal­ized 15 yards ahead of the ex­tra-point at­tempt.

“You’ve got to know the time and score and the sit­u­a­tion in the game,” Nor­com coach Larry Archie said. “It’s un­for­tu­nate that it was called, but it was a penalty.”

Phoe­bus, which had not at­tempted a pass through four quar­ters and the first two over­times — in part be­cause of Nor­com de­fen­sive pres­sure on quar­ter­back Chris Daniels the few times he tried — fol­lowed with three in­com­ple­tions in the third over­time. What ap­peared to be a sure touch­down squirted through Har­graves’ hands on third down.

But on fourth down, Daniels rolled away from pres­sure and threw to an open Har­graves, who had got­ten in front of the de­fen­sive back cov­er­ing him. The 10-yard touch­down tied the game at 6.

“It was amaz­ing,” Har­graves said. “I just had to look it in and make a play be­cause I knew we couldn’t go home.”

Then Wal­lace stepped up to at­tempt the ex­tra point. Phoe­bus’ usu­ally re­li­able kicker had seen his game-win­ning field-goal at­tempt from 25 yards bounce off of the right up­right in the first over­time.

It seemed at that point the game might go on for­ever. With both of­fenses ham­pered by the mud, and ex­cel­lent de­fen­sive play, Phoe­bus net­ted only 167 yards and Nor­com 131 — over­times in­cluded.

Phoe­bus’ An­thony Turner (28 car­ries, 124 yards) broke for a 44-yard gain on the sec­ond play from scrim­mage to start the game, but was de­nied a touch­down by An­twuan Pow­ell-Ry­land’s div­ing Hail Mary tackle at the 20. The Phan­toms came up empty when Wal­lace missed a 36-yard field-goal try.

Nor­com’s Celon Lawrence broke for a 66-yard gain on a jet sweep in the sec­ond quar­ter, but was de­nied a touch­down when

“You’ve got to know the time and score and the sit­u­a­tion in the game. ... It was a penalty.”

Phoe­bus de­fen­sive back La­trelle Smith caught him and pushed him out of bounds at the 5.

The Grey­hounds failed to cap­i­tal­ize on that op­por­tu­nity when the holder couldn’t han­dle the wet ball on the snap for a field-goal at­tempt.

Nor­com had an op­por­tu­nity to score in third quar­ter, when De­monte Dun­lap ran 53 yards on a draw to the Phoe­bus 21. The Phan­toms’ Davaughn Davis ended that threat two plays later with an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone.

So it all came down to Wal­lace and his PAT in the third over­time.

And when he split the up­rights to give the Phan­toms the vic­tory, redemp­tion read nu­mer­i­cally.

“I was mad, but I had to keep my head up,” Wal­lace said of his miss in the first over­time. “When (the ex­tra point) went in, I was happy be­cause my broth­ers were de­pend­ing on me and they were happy.

“We lost 7-6 last year and won 7-6 this year. It’s God’s plan.” Marty O’Brien, 757-247-4963, mo­[email protected]­ly­ Twit­ter @Mar­tyOBrienDP


Thomas White is over­come with emo­tion af­ter Nor­com lost to Phoe­bus for the Class 3 Re­gion A ti­tle Satur­day at Dar­ling Sta­dium.

Phoe­bus' An­thony Turner, who had 124 yards on 28 car­ries, es­capes the tackle of Nor­com's Naquis Cross. The Phan­toms did not throw a pass un­til the third over­time. Nor­com coach Larry Archie, on the 15-yard in­frac­tion that led to a missed PAT

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