WOMEN'S INTERHALL GOLD LEAGUE: Late pass rescues Lions
By MATT LOZAR
After letting the opponent comeback from two touchdowns late in the game, a team can play for the tie, or go for the win.
The Lions of Lyons Hall chose the latter, and used a late touchdown drive to give them a 20-12 win over Pangborn on Sunday.
With the score tied at 12 and under a minute to play, the Lions went 65 yards in 35 seconds for the winning touchdown. A 10-yard pass from junior quarterback Sarah Jenkins to sophomore Allison Shenk capped off the five-play drive.
"It was a tense situation," said Lyons captain Irene Onyeagbako. "But we were confident and luckily, we came through."
The Phoxes made the Lions sweat with two touchdowns in the last 10 minutes of the second half. Their second touchdown, a 35-yard reverse halfback pass to sophomore Tia Vonil highlighted the Phoxes' charge.
"We didn't really practice that exact play," said Pangborn senior co-captain Nicole Tutin. "We kinda had something close to that, it was a variation called in the huddle."
Lyons' offense was led by Jenkins. Her three touchdown passes, two to Shenk and the other to senior Megan Chandler, highlighted her superb performance.
"She [Jenkins] had an excellent game," said Onyeagbako. "The whole offense really went to the next level and executed so well."
Freshman quarterback Charlotte Troupis, along with Vonil and Tutin, carried the Phoxes' offense. Tutin scored the Phoxes' first touchdown on a short run to ignite their comeback attempt.
Breen-Phillips 6, Badin 6
Big plays on both sides of the ball from the Breen-Phillips Babes and Badin Bullfrogs led to a 6-6 tie on Sunday.
BP scored first, on a 78-yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Katie McFarland, in the first half.
"We came out flat in the first half," said BP senior captain Jenny Wahoske. "Katie's run really helped us."
Badin answered the BP score with a nine-play drive. Junior Courtney Giel's fingertip catch on a 25-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Erin Zachary tied the game for Badin.
"She [Giel] made an unbelievable catch in the first half," said Badin junior captain Amy Marshall.
After that scoring, both defenses shut down the opposition. BP recorded three sacks and one interception. Wahoske led the BP defense with two sacks and numerous pass deflections.
"Our defense played really well," said Wahoske. "We got our hands on a lot of passes that should have been intercepted."
The Bullfrog defense made some of their own big plays. They allowed only three first downs and intercepted the Babes on their last two drives. Sophomore Cindy Adimari's interception in the end zone kept the Babes from a late winning touchdown.
"Our defense really stepped up in the second half," said Marshall. "Suzie Schaab and Cindy Adimari made interceptions that gave us some great opportunities."
The tie gave the Babes some encouragement but they would have preferred a win.
"A tie's OK, it takes our record to 1-1-1," said Wahoske. "The game was good, but could have been better."
All Sports Stories for Tuesday, October 2, 2001