The comeback almost ended a half of a foot short. Washington-Lee had hustled back from a first half 21-point deficit against Hayfield with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter. The Generals drove up the field with five minutes left in the game, and moved within five yards of the go-ahead touchdown before turning over the ball on downs.
But all was not lost. The winning drive started nearly four minutes later. Washington-Lee (3-1) gained possession at the 50 with 50 seconds remaining in the game and three completions from senior quarterback Sam Appel moved the Generals eight yards from the end zone. Appel opted for a pass play with nine seconds left but wasn’t able to connect. With two seconds left in the game, junior running back Daquay Harris pushed through the Hawks (0-4) on a draw play to score the winning touchdown.
Harris’s best play, however, came during in the third. He ran for 70 yards to put the Generals six yards out, at which point Coach Josh Shapiro opted to bring in his “jumbo unit” of lineman. The Generals bided their time until the third down, when Harris made a leap over the defense to cut the deficit to six.
“He jumped right over their defensive line,” said Coach Josh Shapiro. “It was like a superman dive right over the top into the end zone.”
The Generals allowed 21 points in the first 14 minutes of the game. A crucial kick return put them in good position at the beginning of the third quarter, and they advanced up the field on an eight-play drive. Appel found senior Trevor McManus for a 20-yard touchdown pass to put Washington-Lee on the board. The Generals kicked a 25-yard field goal on the next possession before Harris’s play secured the comeback.