||More Sports||Sign up||School Finder|
Nathaniel Powell knew all about Raby quarterback Chris Covington. He plays a little as well.
The two-way King quarterback did not back down from the challenge. He scored the go-ahead touchdown on an eight-yard run and preserved the lead by breaking up a two-point conversion as King stunned conference leader Raby 16-14 Thursday night at Gately.
"I had to do whatever I had to do to help us win," Powell said. "On the pass play, I saw the receiver and just made a play on the ball."
King sophomore running back Lance Robinson (25 carries, 110 yards) was the workhorse of the Jaguars' 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. He carried the ball 10 times for 61 yards and made two crucial third-down conversions.
"I have to give it up to my line, they really created the space and open lanes for me to run in," Robinson said.
Powell expertly faked the inside handoff to Robinson and darted around the right side for the eight-yard touchdown run.
Powell also ran for two two-point conversions. King (6-2, 4-1 Land of Lincoln) led 8-0 at the break after sophomore lineman Seyi Tabiti recovered a fumble in the end zone in the second quarter.
Covington completed 6 of 22 passes for 120 yards, and ran for 104 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run. His 61-yard strike to freshman Travis Power on a crossing route pulled the Raiders within 16-14 with 3:33 to play.
Raby had a final chance, taking possession at their own 47-yard line with 1:24 remaining. Covington's 14- and 12-yard scrambles advanced the ball to the Jaguars' 21-yard line. Following two incomplete passes, Raby got a reprieve on a King roughing-the-passer penalty.
With the ball at the 10-yard line with 4.4 seconds remaining, Covington hung in the pocket and threw over the middle to Terry McDonald, but the ball was high and fell out of the back of the endzone.
Raby (6-2, 4-1) must now await the results of Friday's game between Phillips and Julian. If Phillips wins, Raby wins the three-way tie for conference on defensive points allowed.
"That's not the way we wanted this to play out," Raby coach D'Angelo Dareef said. "We made too many mistakes, especially the dropped passes. We had a lot of dropped balls, and we are a passing team."