High School Sports

An exciting finish in Pass Christian, Resurrection football game

V. J. Swanier
V. J. Swanier ttisbell@sunherald.com

Pass Christian scored two touchdowns with over a minute remaining in its 35-28 comeback win over Resurrection at McDonald Stadium on Friday night.

Trailing 28-21, V.J. Swanier took the snap in the spread offense and headed left before finding a seam inside and took it to the house for a 55-yard score on fourth down to tie the game with 1:07 left in regulation.

Resurrection picked up a first down on its ensuing possession. With 12 seconds left and the ball at the Resurrection 39-yard-line, the Eagles attempted a screen pass.

Isaiah Tinson read it perfectly as he curled toward the sideline and picked it off near the Resurrection’ 40 and outraced three Eagles to the endzone, giving the Pirates their first win of the season.

“We were very fortunate tonight,” Pirates’ coach Casey Wittman said. “It was an outstanding ballgame. Our kids never quit. That’s the thing we try to stress to these guys that you fight for four quarters good things may happen. Tonight we had a great thing happen to us.”

The Pirates’ defense struggled early. The Eagles chewed up almost eight minutes on a 16-play drive for a 7-0 Eagles lead.

The Pirates responded with a 59-yard drive, but they fumbled near the Resurrection goal line that was recovered by the Eagles in the end zone.

The Pirates tied the game at 7-7 after Dillon Whavers blocked a punt. Devonte Toles scooped it up and raced 35 yards for the score.

On the Pirates’ next possession, Swanier attacked the line of scrimmage, broke outside and down the left sideline for a 57 yard TD run to give the Pirates the lead at 14-7.

Swanier’s third touchdown came on a two-yard carry to put the Pirates up 21-7 with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter.

The Eagles came back when Blake Porter found Patrick Roth in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown toss. The Pirates, though, still led 21-14.

Patrick Watts’ 11-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter tied the game 21-21.

Cearly Parker put the Eagles ahead at 28-21 on a 3-yard TD run with 2:18 remaining.

Swanier led the Pirates with 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries.

Watts led the Eagles with 91 rushing yards on 22 carries and a score. Parker added 68 yards and two scores on eight carries.