Tight end Mike Hollenbech caught a 38-yard scoring pass on a halfback option play with 2:52 remaining last night to lead visiting Bethesda-Chevy Chase to a 12-7 upset of eighth-ranked Churchill in a Montgomery AA game.
After three uneventful quarters, the teams were involved in a wild fourth period.
Churchill (6-2) struggled most of the game, but put together an 85-yard drive, capped by Reggie Shepherd's three-yard run, to go ahead, 7-6, with 5:09 left in the game.
On their next possession, the Barons (5-3) drove to Churchill's 38-yard line with three minutes left. Quarterback Rick Fiscina tossed a lateral to Jerry Chambers in the left flat. Still behind the line of scrimmage, Chambers fired a 38-yard scoring pass to Hollenbach, who made a leaping catch over two defenders.
"We just put those plays in this week," said Hollenbech, who set up B-CC's first score with an option pass. "You have to run trick plays to beat a great team like this."
But it was a long way from over. Churchill faced a third and 39 at its own 26 with 2:05 left, but Mark Mason went 45 yards on a screen pass to B-CC's 29. However, Mason facemasked the last defensive man and the ball was moved to the Barons' 44.
After a B-CC facemask penalty put the ball at the 31, Jim Kemp's scoring pass to Maurice Amsellem with 49 seconds left was negated by an ineligible man downfield penalty.
Billy Stone's interception in the end zone with 20 seconds left finally sealed it.
"That was one of the wildest games I've ever played in," Hollenbech said. "I thought it'd never end."
Hollenbech was partly responsible for the first score, as he took a pitch from Fiscina and hit Geoff Smith with a 36-yard pass to Churchill's 5. Two plays later, Fiscina ran five yards for a touchdown.
Kemp didn't complete a pass until Churchill's scoring drive in the fourth quarter. He was five of 20 with two interceptions.B-CC (5-3)
B-CC -- Fiscina 5 run (kick failed)
C -- Shepherd 3 run (de Guzman kick)
B-CC -- Hollenbech 38 pass from Chambers (pass failed)