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Layhew's third TD gives Eagles OT win

August 28, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Zach Layhew scored three touchdowns on Friday for Hedgesville, none bigger than the final one that gave the Eagles a gritty 26-20 victory over Washington in overtime.

The Eagles, who have won three straight games dating back to last year, bolted to an early lead and watched Washington roar back before landing the victory.

"It was certainly one of those games you hate to see a team lose but I'm glad it was us that won," said Hedgesville coach Paul Plott.

Washington took the ball on offense in overtime first and the Eagles' defense made it difficult for the Patriots to generate anything. On fourth-and-2, Patriots quarterback Bradley Jackson lost the snap from center.

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Hedgesville wasted no time in a spread offense by sending Seth Vanorsdale off tackle for gains of 4 and 15 yards to get to the 1 with a fresh set of downs.

Layhew scored right away with a sneak behind the left side of his line to end the game.

"We had some injuries, made some mistakes, but didn't give up," said Plott, who had only 28 players on the roster.

The Eagles owned the first half with a little help from the Patriots on the way to a 20-0 lead at the break.

Michael Walters returned the opening kickoff 88 yards to the Washington 3 and Layhew scored from there.

After a Washington fumble, Hedgesville drove 61 yards that included a 43-yard run by Brad Crowell that set up a second Layhew score, this one from the 1 with 5:41 to go in the opening quarter.

Holding the Patriots on downs, Hedgesville then marched 54 yards with Vanorsdale scoring from the 2, but Walters couldn't get off the PAT kick due to a bad snap.

"We had that lead and just had to avoid a letdown at halftime," said Plott. "You play to get a first half lead and you can't give up."

Injuries took Hedgesville out of its spread offense and Washington began to assert itself.

Nick, held to 40 yards on the ground in the first half, became much more effective following blocks, finishing with a game-high 173 yards on 27 carries.

The Eagles helped out in the third quarter when Layhew lost a fumble and Collier swooped in to pick it up and run 3 yards for a score.

Hedgesville then failed to move the ball and had a bad snap on its punt attempt. The Patriots were in business at the Eagles 4, with Nick scoring from 2 yards out with 4:41 left in the quarter and the deficit dwindling to 20-14 after a second PAT kick from Tanner Robison.

After a stout defensive effort and a short Hedgesville punt, Washington went 21 yards in three plays with Nick's 4-yard score knotting th game at 20 with 9:57 left. A low snap on the PAT contributed to a failed kick.

With 22 seconds remaining in the fourth, Robison missed a 45-yard field goal short and wide left.

Collier had 69 yards rushing on eight carries to lead Hedgesville, which gained 174 yards on the ground.

Hedgesville 26, Washington 20
Hedgesville 14 6 0 0 6 -- 26
Washington 0 7 7 6 0 -- 20

H -- Zack Layhew 3 run (Michael Walters kick)
H -- Layhew 1 run (Walters kick)
H -- Seth Vanorsdale 2 run (run failed)
W -- Tyrek Collier 3 fumble return (Tanner Robinson kick)
W -- Dylan Nick 2 run (Robinson kick)
W -- Nick 4 run (kick failed)
H -- Layhew 1 run
Hedge Wash
First downs 10 14
Rushes-yards 47-174 46-228
Passing yards 72 56
Comp-Att-Int 3-10-0 3-9-1
Total offense 50-246 49-284
Punts-Avg. 6-35 3-38
Penalties-yards 10-82 4-25
Fumbles-lost 1-1 7-4
Records: Hedgesville 1-0; Washington 0-1.

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