Pearl River Central handed the Harrison Central Red Rebels its first defeat of the season 47-21 on Friday night before a raucous crowd at Hendrix Stadium.
“This was our most complete game so far,” PRC coach Larry Dolan said.
The game was tight through the first half, tied 7-7 until the closing seconds when senior running back Cade Lee reached the Red Rebels’ 4-yard line with five seconds left.
A penalty against Harrison Central put the ball on the 2 with two seconds left. A fumble in the end zone caused confusion. The ball wasn’t blown dead, and the Blue Devils recovered for a touchdown as time expired to lead 14-7.
“I honestly thought it was a dead ball,” Dolan said. “Then I heard the assistants calling for them to go for it. If I’d been on the other sideline I’d have been pretty mad.”
Dolan praised the PRC defense for its tenacious pressure on Red Rebel quarterback Tavis Williams, a potential Division I recruit. In the third quarter, PRC outscored Harrison Central 19-7.
“The defense forced several turnovers to set it up,” Dolan said. “I’m just very proud of them tonight.”
The Blue Devils (2-1) also benefitted from consistent running performances by seniors Diante Lenoir, Michael Tatman and Sam Carter.