Eagles lose in final seconds

WINNSBORO – Richard Winn and Faith Christian’s Friday night match-up at Ruff Field turned into a shootout. There were a combined 14 scores in the second and fourth quarter. Ultimately Faith Christian edged the Eagles out 68-66 when Levi Watts found Daniel Brown on a 33-yard pass as time expired to down RWA.

Zack Taylor had three touchdown passes and four touchdowns on the ground for the Eagles.

Luke Martin (11) throws the brutal stiff arm. | Martha Ladd

The first quarter was fairly tame, not an indicator of what was to come. Faith Christian’s first drive went for six plays and 66 yards. Brown finished off the opening drive on a 44-yard touchdown.

Zack Taylor put the Eagles on his back for their first drive, carrying the ball each play and ending on a 13-yard scramble for 6. A couple of minutes later, Brown found the end-zone again from 37 yards out. Faith Christian led 13-7 after one.

A total of seven touchdowns were tallied in the second quarter. The first came on Brown’s third touchdown of the game, a 53-yard score that put RWA in a 20-7 hole. The next two scores came from Taylor and Luke Martin rushing touchdowns, and the Eagles were back up 21-20.

The last four scores of the quarter came under two minutes. Brown snatched the lead back from the Eagles, but on the next kickoff, Brandon Miller took the ball 65 yards to the house. Brown answered back on the quickly after he sliced through the RWA defense for a 91-yard score.

Taylor was not done yet though. His 50-yard touchdown pass to Hudson Wade with 1:03 left gave the Eagles the halftime lead.

The third quarter was relatively quiet. Brown put Faith Christian back up 40-37 on a 33-yard touchdown, his sixth score of the game.

A few minutes Taylor answered with his arm again. He found reliable Wade again for a 50-yard touchdown, which secured a 45-40 lead for the Eagles heading into the fourth.

RWA opened up the fourth quarter with a scoring drive. The Eagles marched 78 yards up the field after a fumble recovery near the red-zone, and Taylor connected with Martin for an 11-yard touchdown. Eagles went up 51-40.

Jaden Sommerville kept Faith Christian alive on his 59-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. He was the only one of two players for Faith Christian not named Daniel Brown to score a touchdown.

Taylor quickly put the Eagles back up two scores on a 41-yard quarterback keeper with 4:14 left to go. Faith Christian answered on the next kickoff when Brown took the ball 88 yards to pay-dirt.

The Eagles still led 58-52 with time winding down under a minute left in the game. With 45 seconds left, Levi Watts broke the goal-line on a 34-yard score. But Richard Winn only trailed for 28 seconds before Taylor found B. Baker for a 36-yard touchdown, and they went back up 66-60.

A rough kickoff set up Faith Christian at the Richard-Winn 35-yard line with under 20 seconds left. The first play of the drive was a two-yard run, but the second play was the game-tying touchdown pass from Watts to Daniel with zero time on the clock. Brown powered in the game-winning two-point conversion.

Richard Winn looks to make up for the tough loss Friday at Beaufort Academy.

 RWA – 7-30-8-21-66

FRC – 13-21-6-28-68

First Quarter

FRC– Daniel Brown 44 run. (Kick no good).9:14.

RWA – Zack Taylor 13 run. (Brandon Miller kick).7:31.

FRC – D.Brown 37 run. (Kick good). 5:02.

Second Quarter

FRC – D.Brown 53 run. (Kick good). 11:47.

RWA– Luke Martin 9 run. (B.Miller kick).8:53

RWA– Z.Taylor 8 run. (B.Miller kick).3:07.

FRC – D.Brown 40 run. (Kick no good).1:47.

RWA – B.Miller 65 kickoff return. (Z.Taylor run).1:39

FRC – D.Brown 91 run. (D.Brown run).1:14.

RWA – Hudson Wade 50 pass from Z.Taylor. (Jake Clyburn pass from Z.Taylor).1:03.

Third Quarter

FRC – D.Brown 33 run. (run no good).9:48.

RWA– Z.Taylor 8 run. (Z.Taylor run no good).3:44.

Fourth Quarter

RWA – L. Martin 11 pass from Z.Taylor. (Z.Taylor run no good).8:51.

FA – Jaden Sommerville 59 run. (pass no good).5:14.

RWA – Z.Taylor 41 run. (B.Miller kick).4:14.

FA – D.Brown 88 kickoff return. (pass no good).4:03.

FA – Levi Watts 34 run. (L.Watts run).:45.

RWA – B.Baker 36 pass from Z.Taylor. (B.Miller run).:17.

FA – D.Brown 33 pass from L. Watts. (D.Brown run).:00.

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Rushing:  Zack Taylor 19-137, Brandon Miller 15-58, Luke Martin 13-94, Jake Clyburn 1-0.

Receiving:  JHudson Wade 6-135, B Baker 1-36, Luke Martin 1-11, Jake Clyburn 1(-5).

Passing:  Zack Taylor 9-18, 177 yards, three touchdowns.

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