Eas­ton stuns Em­maus

Late drive helps Red Rovers stay un­beaten

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Stephen Miller

Nah­jee Adams and Cole Tran­sue both ac­counted for turnovers that stopped Eas­ton drives in Em­maus ter­ri­tory.

Given a fi­nal pos­ses­sion by Eas­ton’s de­fense, Adams and Tran­sue ral­lied the Red Rovers.

Tran­sue, Eas­ton’s sopho­more quar­ter­back, or­ches­trated a 12-play, 69-yard drive af­ter the Red Rovers re­gained pos­ses­sion with 2 min­utes, 13 sec­onds to play. Adams fin­ished the march by tak­ing a toss and dash­ing in­side the right py­lon for a 1-yard touch­down with 16.5 sec­onds to go, lift­ing Eas­ton to a 27-26 win in an EPC South foot­ball game Fri­day night at Cot­ting­ham Sta­dium.

Adams also con­verted a fourth-and-one on the fi­nal drive. Tran­sue, mean­while, had a 9-yard scram­ble and hit Chase Holmes for a 33-yard gain to move Eas­ton (5-0 over­all, 3-0 EPC South) just out­side the red zone.

“I think it’s great that we had ad­ver­sity in this game, be­cause I think we needed ad­ver­sity in this game to see what th­ese kids are made of,” Eas­ton coach Jeff Braido said. “I chal­lenged them at half­time. We were down. We were play­ing like crap in the first half, and I wanted to see what kind of char­ac­ter they had in the sec­ond half.

“I didn’t want it to come down to 13 sec­onds left in the game. But when it came time to make a play, I’ll put my money on an Eas­ton kid any day.”

Cru­cial stop: Eas­ton’s comeback chances went on life sup­port when Tran­sue threw an in­ter­cep­tion while try­ing to find Holmes in the end zone late in the fourth quar­ter. Eas­ton’s de­fense re­sponded by forc­ing its third straight three-and-out. The Green Hor­nets (3-2, 1-2) hurt them­selves with an il­le­gal par­tic­i­pa­tion penalty that turned a third-and-three into a third-and-eight.

Tran­sue showed no fear on the fi­nal drive, at­tack­ing down the field sev­eral times. His 33yard con­nec­tion with Holmes (six catches, 132 yards) gave the Red Rovers plenty of time to fin­ish their drive.

Adams, the EPC South’s lead­ing rusher, car­ried three times for 11 yards on the fi­nal drive. He fin­ished with 27 car­ries for 102 yards, over­com­ing a fum­ble when Eas­ton was at Em­maus’ 28-yard line on its first sec­ond­half pos­ses­sion. He also went over 1,000 yards this sea­son.

“This feels great, but we’ve got six more of them,” Tran­sue said af­ter com­plet­ing 17 of 31 passes for 222 yards, one touch­down and one pick. “We’ve just got to keep push­ing. This is a nice win.

“To­mor­row we’re go­ing to look past this and get ready for next week.”

Bottled up, sort of: Eas­ton kept Em­maus ju­nior Bran­don Camire, the EPC South’s sec­ond-lead­ing rusher, un­der con­trol. It lim­ited him to six car­ries for 7 yards in the first half and 53 yards on 17 car­ries for the night.

The Red Rovers had less suc­cess cor­ralling Camire on spe­cial teams. He gave the Green Hor­nets their first points of the night when he caught a kick­off at the 7-yard line, headed left and out­ran every­one for a 93-yard score.

Camire also re­turned punts for 17 and 28 yards. Both of those plays set up Em­maus scores, a 43-yard field goal from Alex Orlando and a 19-yard touch­down pass from Jake Moyer to Jameel San­ders.

Up next: Em­maus re­turns home for a Fri­day matchup with Lib­erty. Eas­ton makes a trip to J. Bir­ney Crum Sta­dium Satur­day against Cen­tral Catholic.

AMY SHORT­ELL/THE MORN­ING CALL

Eas­ton’s Nah­jee Adams (2) heads down­field Fri­day night against Em­maus at Cot­ting­ham Sta­dium.

AMY SHORT­ELL/THE MORN­ING CALL

Sopho­more quar­ter­back Cole Tran­sue passed for 222 yards to help Eas­ton rally on Fri­day.

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