Jefferson celebrated a game-winning field goal on Friday night in Alexandria. And then the Colonials celebrated making history.
Ben Carniol’s 35-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 1 second remaining in the game secured Jefferson’s 24-21 win over Madison.
The Colonials (4-3, 2-2 Liberty) had never before beaten the Warhawks, and it appeared Friday night would be no different.
Madison (0-7, 0-4) scored early and often and carried a 21-7 lead into halftime, with sophomore wide receiver Jordan Ebersole leading the way with two touchdowns on only three catches.
But the Colonials fought back behind timely plays from senior running back/defensive back Nathan Kim, who scored on a 36-yard interception return and a 76-yard run – both in the third quarter – to tie the game.
“We just kept fighting,” Coach Ken Kincaid said. “I’ve been coaching for more than 30 years and that was one of the most satisfying victories of my career.”
Westfield quarterback Mason Scoville scored the winning touchdown with 42 seconds left in the third quarter on a one-yard sneak. The No. 15 Bulldogs then took control of the clock in the fourth quarter to keep the host Rams off the field on offense, winning 14-13.
“We ate the clock with some running game,” Westfield Coach Kyle Simmons said. “And our punter [senior John Magnusson] had a great punt to pin them inside the two-yard line” with 3:30 left in the game.
In a back-and-forth game, Westfield senior running back Tyler Thraser-Walker (23 carriers, 185 yards) scored the game’s initial points on a three-yard rush late in the first quarter that was set up by junior full back Evan Gray’s 74-yard run.
Robinson running back Joe Wilson then tied the game with 2 minutes 50 seconds left in the second quarter with a 30-yard run to send the teams into halftime tied 7-7. Jack Rowlett’s nine-yard touchdown reception gave the Rams (5-2, 1-1 Concorde District) a short-lived third-quarter lead.
Westfield (5-2, 1-1) has won four straight against the Rams and nine of their last 10 meetings.
Bryan Martinez kicked a 37-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to help Park View edge Heritage, 17-14, in Leesburg. The win snapped a 17-game losing streak for the Patriots that spanned three seasons.
“It really felt like the weight of the world was taken off our shoulders,” Park View Coach Ferris Eways said. “We finally found a way to win.”