Kenyatta Jeusi scored a two-point conversion in overtime to give Manassas Park a 22-21 victory over Clarke County last night in a Bull Run District game at Manassas Park.
The Cougars (5-3 overall, 5-0 Bull Run) are the only undefeated team in the district with two games to play. Clarke County is 5-3, 3-2. It was the first time in the nine-year series that Manassas Park had won.
On Clarke County's possession in overtime, Bo Morgan scored from the 2. Eric Hoggatt's extra point made the score 21-14.
The Cougars, who had the second series of downs in the overtime, scored on Nelson Hogan's 10-yard run, then decided to go for the two-point conversion.
Manassas Park Coach Jeff Florio said he gave little thought to trying a kick to tie.
"I don't think I was going to make a decision in the other direction," he said.
Florio added, "The fact that Clarke County called time out before the conversion was attempted proved that they were confused and we had made the right decision."
The overtime came because Clarke County was able to overcome a 14-6 deficit in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
Using a sustained ground drive, the Eagles drove to the Manassas Park 20. Quarterback Duane Clarke then hit George Ware with a 13-yard pass that put the ball on the 7.
Two plays later, Clarke found Hoggatt in the right corner of the end zone for a six-yard touchdown. The same combo teamed up on a pass for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14.
Neither team was able to get close enough in the waning moments of regulation to attempt a field goal.
In the first half it looked as if Manassas Park was going to have an easy time of it.
The Clarke County defense had problems stopping the running trio of Hogan, Jeusi and Jerry Herbert. And the Eagles defense committed three facemask penalties, two of which aided touchdown drives.
The Cougars scored on their first possession. With 5:36 left in the first quarter, Jeusi -- who set up the touchdown with runs of 17 and 13 yards -- scored from the 9.
A fumble recovery by David Kaiser set up the second Manassas Park touchdown, which was scored by Hogan 10 plays later, with 4:15 left in the first half.
However, Clarke County used the pass successfully on its ensuing possession. Clarke completed passes of 29 yars to Shane Sell and 20 yards to Hoggatt to get the Eagles inside the 10. On fourth down, after a holding penalty, Clarke found Hoggatt in the back of the end zone to make it 14-6.