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D'Rays win thriller on late TD pass
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
By SEAN MCCoy (Daily News Staff) Published: October 8, 2011

ST. THOMAS - There were only seven seconds on the clock Friday night and a freshman quarterback took the snap for Ivanna Eudora Kean High School.

He was in a tough situation, one that could easily make a player give up. He was down by six points, out of time and 60 yards from the end zone.

But at the snap, quarterback Shunnel Greenaway scrambled, looked downfield and fired a laser-guided 30-yard pass to his No. 1 receiver, junior Simon Lawrence Jr., who pulled in the tough catch and rumbled another 30 yards into the end zone.

The celebration started immediately. Kean had won the closest game so far this tackle football season, 46-42, against the St. Thomas Private Schools Arawak Warriors.

"It was like a rush," Greenaway said after his first victory with Kean, who are now 1-1 on the season.

The game against the Arawaks was a fast-paced shootout in which both teams found their offenses for the first time. They moved the ball consistently on several long drives, only stymied by penalties that plagued both sides of the ball.

Kean's come-from-behind win was only one play from being an Arawaks come-from-behind-win. The Arawaks had just taken the lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Brathwaite to Bradley Fessale with just seconds left in the game.

But the Devil Rays did not give up, even with mere seconds on the clock, and came up victorious.

"They played their hearts out," said Arawaks coach Luke Neely. "It's a tough one. We hate to lose those kind of games."

Rewinding to the first quarter, it was a shock that the Arawaks were even in the game at the end.

The Devil Rays came out with their speedy offense working smoothly. They scored their first touchdown on a 20-yard run by Maleek Leonard to go up 6-0 with 7:30 to play in the first quarter.

The Arawaks made it 6-6 five minutes later on a 10-yard pass to Patrick Smith Jr.

The Devil Rays opened up a lead with a 40-yard pass play to Lawrence, followed by a two-point conversion by Leonard, making it 14-6 with 7:36 to play in the half.

Another Devil Rays touchdown, this time a 35-yard pass to Peron Trotman, put Kean up 20-6.

The Arawaks answered with a 15-yard pass play to Kwasi Browne and a two-point conversion by Chris Cilliers to round out the first half, Devil Rays up 20-14.

After stunting an opening Devil Rays drive opening the third quarter, the Arawaks came alive, first scoring on a 10-yard rush by Cilliers and a 2-point conversion by Jakeem Attidore, and then collecting an on-sides kick.

With the ball in their hands again, the Arawaks did not dally. Brathwaite fired a pass to Fessale for a 50-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion by Cilliers was good.

Just four minutes into the third quarter, the Arawaks were up, 30-20.

The Arawaks defense carried the team's momentum as they forced a Devil Rays punt and then blocked it to give their offense the ball on Kean's 30-yard line.

Fessale beat two players after a short pass and rolled in for another touchdown and a 36-20 Arawaks lead.

But down 16 points, the Devil Rays dug deep. They scored on a pass to Lawrence with 11:40 to play to pull within 10. On the next play after the kickoff, freshman linebacker D'yonte Warner collected a fumble and carried it 30 yards for a Devil Rays touchdown to make it a 32-36 game with 11 minutes to play.

The Arawaks faced a major setback in their next series when their punter was tackled after a poorly executed play to give the Devil Rays the ball on the 4-yard line. The Devil Rays made good on their field position and scored on a run by Leonard and tallied an extra two on a pass to Trey Donovan to take the lead, 40-36.

The Rays nearly were able to seal their victory as they began a possession with 2:10 on the clock. Poor time management gave the Arawaks another go at it and they made good, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 15 seconds left to play.

But those 15 seconds were enough for the Devil Rays to go 60 yards and get the win

Taken from Daily News. 

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