If you didn’t make the trip to Yorktown Friday night, you missed a game for the ages. NC beat the Tigers 62-55 in O.T. It was a game where NC was down, but never quit and never was out of it. The boys dug deep and when Chandler Marcum knockes down a 4th down pass in O.T. got the win.
Yorktown got the ball first and Mason Hardwick proceeded to intercept a pass. Williamson found Triston Chesher for a 58 yard pass down to the YHS 1 yard line. Williamson snuck it over and Carter Brown added the pat for a 7-0 lead. After a series of punts, YHS scored to tie the game at 7. On the next series, Williamson found Luke Bumbalough for a 33 yard TD and Brown added the PAT to make it 14-7. YHS countered with a 67 yard TD run but missed the pat to make it 14-13 after 1.
In the second quarter, Williamson scrambled and injures his knee. The Trojan D stood up and stopped the Tigers at the 1 yard line keeping it 14-13. YHS then intercepted a NC pass and moved it down the field for a TD giving the Tigers a 19-14 lead. After another series of punts, NC needed 23 seconds for Williamson to hit Chesher on a 23 yard TD and Brown added the PAT to make it 21-19 at the break.
NC punted to start the 3rd, and YHS took over when Hardwick intercepted his second pass of the game. On the next play, YHS intercepted it back and returned it for a TD giving them a 27-21 lead. On the next series, Williamson found Nicholas Grieser for a 20 yard TD and Brown hit it again, making it 28-27 NC. Grieser then picked off a YHS pass and NC had to punt. YHS scored on their possession and added the 2 point conversion to make it 35-28 at the end of 3. And that is when the fireworks began.
YHS turned the ball over on downs and Willianson found Bumbalough taking the ball down to the 1. Williamson snuck it over from the 1 tieing the score at 35. On the ensuing kickoff, YHS returned the ball 87 yards for a TD, but missed the PAT giving them a 41-35 lead. NC got the ball and Williamson hit Bumbalough for 54 yard TD and Brown again hit the PAT to make it 42-41 NC. YHS got the ball and scored and added the 2 point conversion to go up 49-42. NC answered when Williamson found Grieser on a 12 yard TD, but Brown’s pat was no good and NC trailed 49-48. YHS got the ball with 3:28 left and on 3rd and 1, broke a long TD, which was good for NC, as they missed the pat and it was 55-48 with 2:30 left. NC got the ball and moved down the field when Williamson hit James Thompson for a 37 yard TD and the pat was good tieing the game at 55. YHS got the ball and went for it on 4th down and didn’t get it. NC took over, hit 2 passes and Brown attepted a 45 yard fg at the gun but missed it wide left. The game was going to OT.
On the first play of OT, Williamson scrambled left and hit Bumbalough on a 10 yard TD pass. Brown hit the pat and NC led 62-55. YHS had 4 plays from the 10 yard line. On first down, they gained 2 yards. In 2nd down, they gained 3 yards. On 3rd down, they threw an incomplete pass. On 4th down, Marcum broke up the pass and the game was over.
Offensively, the line of Tommy Witham, Evan Hosea, Garrett House, Dalton Hicks, and Caleb Kundert allowed Williamson to drop back 72 times and only gave up 3 sacks. Williamson completed 33-64 passes for 538 yards and 7 TDs, and ran the ball 8 times for 34 yards and 2 TDs. Bumbalough had 11 catches for 200 yards and 3 TDs, Chesher 12 for 177 yards and 1 TD, Grieser 8 for 117 and 2 TDs, James Thompson 1 for 37 and 1 TD, and Tytus Ragle 1 for 9, but drew defenders off the other guys allowing them to be open.
Defensively, Hardwick had 2 interceptions and Grieser 1. Bryce Pinkard had 14 tackles, including 2 for loss, Dalton Clouse 13 and a sack, Caleb Pierce 9 including 2 for loss and a sack, Stephen Spears 13, Travis Reeves 9 and a sack, Grieser and Hardwick 8 a piece and 2 passes defended, and Marcum 2 passes defended.
NC moves to 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in the HHC. Next week we travel to Delta. Thanks to all who came to Yorktown. The crowd was large and loud.