Jacksonville Sports Day

EWC: Point Comes from Behind to Beat Tigers, 23-20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Point University (1-3; 1-0 Sun) fell behind Edward Waters College (0-4; 0-1 Sun), 20-10, early in the third quarter but scored 13 unanswered points, including the game-winning quarterback sneak by Rashad Louie with 1:49 left in the game, and emerged with a 23-20 Sun Conference football victory, Saturday at Stanton Preparatory High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Point totaled 344 offensive yards on 60 plays, including 44 carries for 213 yards and two touchdowns on the ground against EWC and 9-of-16 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown. Conversely, Edward Waters completed 14-of-25 passes for 220 yards and rushed 35 times for 125 yards and one touchdown for 345 total yards on 60 plays.

Louie led the Skyhawks in rushing with 16 carries for 68 net yards and the winning touchdown, and completed 7-of-10 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown and continues to lead Point this season with 303 rushing yards and 347 passing yards and has scored two rushing TD’s and thrown two TD passes.

EWC junior quarterback Tyler Mahla rushed 11 times for 68 net yards, including a 45-yard gain, and completed 9-of-17 passes for 130 yards and was sacked twice. Senior quarterback Taron Williams completed 4-of-6 passes for 79 yards, including a 55-yard toss to receiver David Beeks, and also rushed four times for 37 yards. Receiver Basil Spencer caught four passes for 88 yards, including a 30-yard catch.

Point threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles in the contest, and Edward Waters turned the miscues into 13 points. The Tigers scored field goals following a Point interception with 11:24 left in the second quarter and a Point fumble with 4:00 left in the second quarter and scored on a 45-yard fumble return by junior linebacker Joey Williams with 14:41 left in the third quarter and took a 20-10 advantage.

Edward Waters lost one fumble and one costly interception thrown to Point cornerback Kendall Hillman at the EWC 23-yard line in the third quarter. Five plays later, Point converted the errant pass into a one-yard touchdown by Robinson with 7:37 left in the quarter that sliced EWC’s lead to 20-17.

Point’s defense forced EWC to punt on its next-to-the-last offensive series of the game and took possession at the Skyhawks’ 30-yard line. Point drove the ball 70 yards on 11 plays and consumed just over five minutes of game clock and Louie sneaked the ball into the end zone from one-yard out to put Point ahead, 23-20, with 1:49 remaining in the game.

Edward Waters gained possession after the kick-off at its own 46 and failed to move the ball, actually losing one yard on its drive, and gave the ball back to Point on downs with 34 seconds left to play. Louie took a kneel down on the first play and the clock ran out with Point ahead.

Point scored the first touchdown of the game on a 23-yard pass from Louie to receiver Jarquez Alexander with 8:08 left in the first quarter. EWC tied the game at 7-7 on a five-yard touchdown rush by freshman running back Drew Kohn with 2:35 left in the first period.

Following an interception, the Tigers went ahead 10-7 on a 24-yard field goal by Paolo Golemi, and led 13-7 after Golemi’s 24-yard field goal which followed a Point fumble. Wesley Rubiera  matched that field goal for Point with a 25-yard chip shot as time ran out in the first half, and the teams entered the locker room with EWC ahead, 13-10.

The Skyhawks sacked EWC’s quarterbacks three times for losses of eight yards and also stopped its ball carriers nine times for losses totaling 34 yards. .

Williams and defensive lineman Brice Farmer each made 10 tackles for Edward Waters. Williams had a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and Farmer also forced a fumble and had a sack and was part of two other tackles for losses. EWC totaled three sacks and four other tackles for losses, two fumble recoveries and three pass break-ups.

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