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EWC: Morehouse Nips Tigers in Final Seconds

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Quarterback Monqavious Johnson rushed for a 24-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock and lifted Morehouse to a 19-13 win over the Edward Waters College Tigers.

Remnants of tropical storm Hermine drenched the field and lightning halted the game in the first quarter. Though play resumed, after nearly an hour, the rain continued to pour until the fourth quarter.

Neither team was able to mount much of a ground game on the boggy field. Morehouse had 34 rushes for 98 yards. Edward Waters had 29 rushes for 103 yards.

The gusty run by Johnson broke a 13-13 tie and won a game that was delayed by weather and marred by penalties. Kivon Taylor started at quarterback but left in the first quarter with virus-like symptoms.

If there were any questions about Johnson’s toughness, those questions were dispelled. Johnson took over and completed 8 of 17 passes for 148 yards. Though sacked only twice, the junior quarterback was under relentless pressure. He was repeatedly battered by defensive hits that sent him to the muddy turf and had the training staff scrambling.

Morehouse got on the board first, when linebacker Kenneth Hagins recovered an errant EWC punt in the end zone. Kicker Alex Maganda tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

EWC bounced back with a 40-yard run for a touchdown by running back Sir Jackson.

Morehouse took the lead once again on an 18-yard field goal, midway through the second quarter.

EWC responded less than a minute later. Basil Spencer caught a 62-yard pass from Jerrod Thomas, for a 13-10 EWC halftime lead.

That score held up, until Maganda tied the score at 13-all. His second field goal – a 38 yarder – split the uprights, with seven minutes remaining. Maganda had a chance to put the Maroon Tigers ahead with 2:14 remaining, but a soggy football caused an errant snap and hold and his 48-yard field goal attempt fell well short.

When Johnson scored the winning touchdown, it was the first time the Maroon Tigers led in the second half.

David Smith led a Morehouse defense that yielded 334 yards, but only two touchdowns. Smith collected a game-high nine tackles, including two tackles for loss and a half sack. He also recovered an EWC fumble.

Lake McGuffie led all receivers with five catches for 111 yards. His brother Lance McGuffie caught two balls for 33 yards.

The game was a far cry from last season’s 51-7 Morehouse win at home. Whether because of the rain or opening-game jitters, this game was extended by a total of 32 penalties for 344 yards.

The Maroon Tigers forced and recovered four EWC fumbles, while losing only one of their own

 

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