Eagles Win Overtime Thriller
In fact, it was the first career overtime win in six decisions for Eagles’ head coach Chris Hatcher. After some late minute heroics to force overtime, Henton took it upon himself to secure the win.
The Eagles tried a deep endzone pass to Raja Andrews on first down, but Northeastern (0-2) knocked the ball away. On the next play, Henton faked a handoff to Darell Norman, kept the ball and raced down the right sidelines for the eventual game-winning score. Jesse Hartley’s extra point made it a touchdown margin.
The defense gave up a three yard run, forced an incomplete pass then stopped quarterback Anthony Orio a yard shy of a first down. On a reverse running back Alex Broomfield tried a pass to tight end Brian Mandeville, but the ball fell incomplete and the Eagles won their second straight.
“All week what we’ve hammered to the guys is the tradition and the win streaks that have been here at Paulson Stadium, and how special playing at home is. We came out fired up tonight we played four-and-a-half quarters of really intense (football) the whole game, we played a good football team that executed well,” said Hatcher. “I’m proud of our guys. It’s the first overtime victory that I’ve ever been associated with.”
In order to force overtime, the Eagles needed more fourth quarter heroics, just like last week against Austin Peay. Leading 27-21 and starting a drive with 3:07 left in regulation, Northeastern drove into
With 94 seconds to work with on the clock, Henton found freshman Leander Barney for 20 yards. On the very next snap, Henton connected with Tim Camp. The senior wide receiver shook loose of a couple tackles and raced 65 yards into the left corner of the endzone for his first collegiate receiving touchdown. However, the Huskies line broke through the middle and blocked Hartley’s extra point attempt, leaving the game tied.
Northeastern could not have scripted a better start to the game. The Eagles recovered a pooch kickoff by Northeastern on their own 41. Andrews fumbled Henton’s pass on the first play. Two plays later
NU moved down the field, helped by a third down pass play covering 17 yards and an offsides call to give the Huskies a first down.
On the Eagles ensuing drive Henton found Andrews for 43 yards on the first play, down to the Northeastern 15. Henton took a run down to the one then punched it in on 3rd-and-goal. Hartley tied the score at 14-all with 5:57 remaining.
Orio found Conner Gilmartin-Donohue on a 3-yard touchdown pass at the start of the second quarter to take a touchdown lead. On the kickoff, GS could not recover the squib kick and NU recovered on the Eagles 31.
Northeastern ate up nine minutes of the clock in the second quarter, needing 18 plays to cover 77 yards. With 2nd-and-goal from the one, the Eagle defense held twice and the Huskies settled for a 19-yard field goal by Mat Johnson to extend their lead to 10.
Thanks in large part to the nine minute drive, NU had twice as many first downs as
The Eagles held Northeastern to a 3-and-out to start the third quarter. On their drive, Henton picked up a first down on 4th-and-inches in NU territory. Henton and Andrews connected again, this time for 40 yards. Three plays later Henton scrambled and would score from five yards out, making it 24-21.
Johnson converted a 39-yard field goal near the end of the third quarter, making it 27-21.
“We are making silly mistakes and had opportunities to win in regulation and didn’t get it done. You can tell our youth sometimes we cut the lead down to three and had a really good drive going, we’ve got the ball on their side of the field and we get a personal foul penalty that thwarted a drive,” admitted Hatcher. “Like I told the team You gotta always expect to win and then you gotta find a way to get it done’. Tonight we kept coming up with big stops defensively. We just kept coming up with big plays and 34 is more than 27 and we’ll take 12 more just like it.”
Henton registered the fifth-highest passing yardage total in program history, going 16-of-27 for 298 yards and two touchdowns (
Andrews (123 yards) and Camp (77) both recorded career-high receiving totals. Barney finished with three receptions for 61 yards.
The defense allowed just three points in the second half and 161 total yards. Quentin Taylor registered a season-high 13 tackles, one off his career-high.
Orio completed 24-of-38 passes for a career-high 287 yards (but only 79 yards in the second half) and a touchdown.
The Eagles begin Southern Conference play next Saturday (Sept. 20), playing host to Elon. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Paulson Stadium and the game will be televised live on CSS.
- Category: Football
- Published on Saturday, 13 September 2008 00:24