Jefferson senior Nate Lee scored on a 43-yard quarterback draw with 5 minutes 33 seconds remaining last night to lead the Colonials to a 12-10 come-from-behind victory against Stuart in a nondistrict AAA game in Alexandria.
Lee took the snap from the shotgun and darted through the middle of the Raiders' defense, dodging tacklers on his way to the game-winning touchdown and helping the Colonials overcome a 10-point second-half deficit to improve to 2-1.
Jefferson's offense was quiet through much of the first three quarters and trailed 10-0, before the defense put the team on the scoreboard. Paul Hyun intercepted Mike Awadallah's pass along the right sideline and raced 21 yards for the touchdown to cut the Stuart lead to 10-6 with eight seconds left in the third quarter.
"I was just trying to play the ball and it came right to me," Hyun said of the pivotal interception. "My eyes were as wide a duck when I saw it coming right at me."
Stuart got on the scoreboard first after recovering a fumble on Jefferson's first play from scrimmage and driving to Jefferson's 8-yard line. But Stuart had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Demmos Sizzos and a 3-0 lead.
Jefferson's offense responded on its second drive of the game, led by sophomore quarterback Matt Kynes, who found Justin Warren for a 29-yard completion to move the ball to the Raiders 32. On the next play, Stuart's defense put an abrupt stop to the Colonials' drive when Andy Anderson intercepted Kynes' pass at the Raiders' 24-yard line.
Stuart then embarked on a 13-play, 76-yard drive that concluded with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Awadallah with 9:38 left before halftime to give the Raiders a 10-0 advantage.
Jefferson's defense clamped down following that touchdown. The Colonials came up with big plays on Stuart's last two drives to seal the win. Hyun made an another key interception deep in Jefferson's own territory, while Lee had a sack and blocked pass on the last drive.
"Our defense has been playing some good football," Jefferson Coach Ken Kincaid said.