Potomac showcased a stingy defense and sturdy running back Unrico Lloyd, then took to the air in overtime to beat host Brooke Point, 21-14, for its first victory of the season.
The overtime, in which each team gets four downs to score from the opponent's 10-yard line, began with Panthers junior quarterback John Dominguez hitting Terron Williams in the left corner of the end zone on the first play.
The extra session ended four plays later, with Brooke Point (1-1) being stopped on downs.
As for Lloyd, he had two options last year when living in Georgia. He could either remain in Georgia, where he said he would likely end up in jail, or he could move to Virginia and live with his uncle Calvin.
The Panthers (1-1) are happy Lloyd, who had 148 first-half yards in the nondistrict game, decided on the latter.
"I was definitely going in the wrong direction," Lloyd said of his time in Georgia. "I was either going to sell drugs to survive or come up here and succeed without getting in trouble."
Lloyd, state champion in the 200 meter dash, played only four games last season for Potomac, though the 6-foot-1 senior made his mark, rushing for 226 yards against defending Virginia AAA Div. 6 champion Hylton. This season, however, Lloyd did not get off to the kind of start he was hoping for. In Potomac's season opener against Fork Union, Lloyd carried 16 times for only 20 yards in the 15-7 loss.
"It was frustrating last week," Lloyd said. "I said this was my redemption game."
Lloyd wasted little time getting involved against the Black-Hawks, taking a handoff from quarterback Tony Blackwell on the game's third play from scrimmage and racing 64 yards untouched for the game's first score.
Brooke Point's Larry Smith gained 153 yards on 25 carries and accounted for both Black-Hawks touchdowns.
With the score tied at 7 just before halftime and heavy rains making the field slick, the ball slipped out of Dominguez's hands as he tried to pitch it to Lloyd, but took a perfect bounce into the back's arms and he ran down the right sideline for a 38-yard touchdown.
"He's got great speed," Brooke Point Coach Tom Berry said. "I thought we did a pretty good job on him except on one play."
Brooke Point drew even in the third quarter, when Smith scored his second touchdown of the game--a five-yard run to cap a 14-play, 69-yard drive that spanned 8 minutes 7 seconds.