Suitland Coach Nick Lynch had just seen his team fall behind with less than a minute remaining in the game, but he thought the Rams still had some hope when Oxon Hill kicked off.
"When I saw it go in the air and saw it coming down to Mark [Duncan], I felt we had a chance," Lynch said.
Duncan, who returned the season's opening kickoff for a touchdown, caught the ball on his 10-yard line. There was no special return called, Lynch said, "just the same kickoff return since I've been here."
Duncan picked up a block from Mike Howard, who moments earlier had been beaten on a trick play that resulted in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Oxon Hill running back Matthew Johnson to Terrell Lee. James Freeman made sure Oxon Hill's kicker would not make the tackle. And Monty Clayton escorted Duncan to the end zone for a 90-yard touchdown that tied the game at 6.
"Once I saw him come in the open, I didn't think there was anybody who was going to catch him," Lynch said. "I was looking back, hoping there were no penalties, that nobody threw a stupid block late.
"That was a very big play. We couldn't get anything done offensively. As I told [Oxon Hill Coach Randolph] Warren after the game, I know a lot of times you don't look for moral victories, but they outplayed us, offense and defense, other than that 40 seconds."
Amid the excitement, Suitland called a timeout so that it could prepare for the point-after kick, which Tranzito Hernandez made to give the Rams a 7-6 victory.
-- JOSH BARR