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County grads have time on their side

November 21, 2000

County grads have time on their side



By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Writer


HALFWAY - "We didn't lose, we just ran out of time."

That's a favorite saying of those whose teams have come up a little short in a close game that's regulated by a clock.

In the Washington County Junior Football League Graduation Game, played Monday at Martin "Marty" L. Snook Memorial park in Halfway, that thought probably crossed the minds of people on both sides of the contest.

But regardless of what might have been, when the final second ticked off the clock with the City team driving into County territory, the eighth-graders from the County handed the City eighth-graders a 22-20 defeat.

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The blowing snow shower early in the afternoon was an omen of things to come as the temperature dipped with the sunset and continued to fall throughout the game.

Similarly, both offenses took the entire first quarter to warm up as the initial period ended in a scoreless tie.

In the second quarter, a low, driving punt by the County was mishandled and Joshua Armstrong pounced on the loose ball at the City 48-yard line, giving the County new life.

Seven plays later, Matt Feiser scored on a 13-yard run. Michael Adams then ran wide around left end on a fake kick to put the County up, 8-0.

Quintez McDonald swept around right end midway through the second period for a 41-yard touchdown to pull the City to within 8-6.

Feiser carried five times for 61 yards on the County's next possession, breaking through the middle of the line and running 7 yards for the touchdown on the final play. Bruce Storms kicked the PAT for a 15-6 halftime lead.

Just three plays into the second half, the County struck again. A fake to the fullback fooled the City defense and Michael Adams took the handoff on a counter to the left and zipped down the right sideline untouched for the touchdown. Storms added the kick for a 22-6 County lead.

In the fourth quarter, a sizzling run by McDonald took the ball to the 7-yard line and then Robbie Thompson hit Chris Bumbaugh with a 6-yard scoring toss to close the gap to 22-12.

McDonald added a 28-yard score and went up the middle for the PAT to make the score 22-20 with 3:38 left. The City got the ball back with 39 seconds left but could not get the ball into the end zone.

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