Wilson football rallies from 27-point deficit, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes edges Riverdale Baptist

September 3, 2012

As Wilson’s deficit grew Friday night against Perry Street Prep, the Tigers’ sideline remained focused on school pride, which had been one of key talking points at school during the preceding days.

When Perry Street Prep scored again in the third quarter to go up, 27-0, Wilson Coach Mark Martin said he was shocked at what was transpiring, but noticed his players largely were unfazed. The Tigers scored a touchdown with roughly two minutes remaining in the third quarter, owned the fourth quarter and pulled off a 38-27 comeback victory.

“That whole week, our principal and our staff, we just kept talking about pride and believing,” Martin said Monday in a telephone interview. “That’s what we kept talking about on the sideline was pride, just not giving up. And the kids didn’t give up.”

By Monday morning, Martin said he had watched film of the game seven times. The Tigers tallied three turnovers and allowed Perry Street Prep to return the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.

But once Wilson got on the board late in the third quarter, the offense began to click. When senior running back Jeremy Dixon scored a 25-yard touchdown to pull the Tigers to within three points of the lead, Martin said he noticed Perry Street Prep players collectively start “cramping.”

“After the game, we told the players, ‘That resilience and that pride brought us back,’ ” Martin said. “We knew the whole time [Perry Street Prep] shouldn’t have even been in the game, but they played a good game. They were well-coached, and they came to play.”

Around the IAC

Darius Manora rushed 25 times for 100 yards and quarterback Ish Seisay threw for 139 yards to lead St. Stephens/St. Agnes to a 14-12 win over Riverdale Baptist on Thursday. . . . Landon had to hold off a late rally from McNamara in a 14-12 win on Friday night. Myles Allen led Landon with 86 yards rushing on 17 carries, two of which went for first quarter touchdowns. . . . Bullis scored 34 points in the first half in their 40-0 win over St. Mary’s Ryken, with three first half touchdowns coming from Devonte Williams on the ground. Williams hit pay dirt on runs from 15, three and three. . . . Despite taking a 17-0 first quarter lead, St. Albans fell 48-31 in a shootout with St. Mary’s-Annapolis. St. Albans got a trio of promising offensive performances in the loss; quarterback Mike McCurdy threw for 276 yards, with 208 of those yards going to wide receiver Matt Sneizek, and Arthur Jones added 104 yards rushing on 18 carries. McCurdy had two touchdown passes and one rushing score.

Around the MAC

Maret scored 46 unanswered points in a 53-18 win over Model on Saturday. Anthony Ware ran for 154 yards on seven carries, and had touchdown runs of 26 and 87 yards. Sidwell Friends, Potomac School and Flint Hill will all open their 2012 campaigns next Saturday.

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