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East graduates in style with rally over South

November 24, 2003|by JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - The East Division won its second straight Championship Grad Game in the Washington County Junior Football League on Sunday.

The East accomplished its goal by scoring 12 points in the final six minutes to pull out a come-from-behind 18-14 win over the South Division at Martin L. Snook Memorial Park.

The East will play the Allegany County All-Stars in the second annual Junior League Super Bowl on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Fort Hill in Cumberland, Md.

With the South holding a 14-6 lead, Eric Phillips recovered his second fumble of the game with six minutes remaining to give the East a chance.

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Josh Edwards, who finished with 101 rushing yards on 10 carries, zipped to the right side for an 18-yard touchdown with 4:22 left as the East capped a 65-yard drive and cut the deficit to 14-12.

Daniel Rishell's recovered the ensuing onside kick just seven seconds later to give the East the ball on the South 45.

The East drove and reached the South 1 behind a 30-yard run by Edwards. After failing on three runs up the middle, the East scored on a fourth-and-1 try as Matthew Plumley scored his second touchydown for the lead and the win.

"Our kids finally settled down and focused," East coach Tom Samples said. "They did it when they had to. We have two offensive groups. We substitute and keep everybody fresh."

Plumley's first touchdown gave the East a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

The South took an 8-6 lead in the second quarter when Ryan McLean threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Norton and then ran in the two-point conversion.

The South increased its lead in the third quarter on a 31-yard touchdown run by Jason Green.

"Basically, our kids played a real good game," South coach Tony McLean said. "We gave 100 percent, but we just didn't have enough energy and strength left."

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