Many times during a football coach’s tenure at a given school, Year Two is when the program begins to take shape, players better understand schemes, terminology, expectations, and dramatic improvement is seen on the field.
Northern Nash second year coach Randy Raper feels that his team’s 24-20 season-opening comeback win over Wendell Corinth Holders could be the type of victory that reinforces these concepts.
“I couldn’t be more happy for these kids,” Raper said. “It’s been a long time coming; it’s only one week, but one week can make a great season. These boys fought their tails off. They have worked all summer and all spring, and for it to pay off, it will mean volumes for us.”
Finding itself down 14-0 one minute into the second quarter, the Knights began their comeback with an 11-play, 65-yard drive culminating in Jamayis Rosser’s four-yard touchdown run on fourth and goal.
The Knights cut the lead to 14-10 at the half on a 22-yard field goal by senior place-kicker Corbin Griffin. Corinth stretched their lead to 20-10 on a 14-yard touchdown run by junior running back Howard Watson midway through the third quarter.
The Knights continued to fight, however, answering with touchdowns from Quon Whitaker, and Rosser scoring with 1:07 to go to give the Knights the lead.
One final stop from the defense gave the Knights the victory and inspired confidence from senior quarterback Jacob Green.
“It was a team effort,” Green said. “We are a family this year.”