Quarterback Dominic Barnes rallied the Digital Harbor football team from a 13 point deficit with 4:01 left to play to an improbable 35-34 win Monday afternoon.
It was a game spaced out over two days as the two teams began play Saturday, only to have inclement weather postpone most of the second half until Monday.
Heading into Monday’s action, Digital Harbor held a 21-14 advantage with 8:01 remaining in the third quarter. But Patterson seized the momentum as quarterback Craig Oliver took to the air to lead the Clippers to a 34-21 lead in the fourth quarter. Oliver finished the game 8-19 for 231 yards and four touchdowns.
Two of those touchdowns came Monday – the first being a 28-yard pass to Xaria King and the second a 67-yard bomb to Pete Carter. Carter also caught a 46-yard touchdown on Saturday and finished with five catches, 175 yards and three touchdowns.
With Patterson up 34-21, and with the game seemingly out of reach, Rams running back Marquis Walker returned the kickoff to the 50 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Barnes threw a 50-yard touchdown — the ball traveling through the air all 50 yards — to receiver Devante Conyers. Barnes ran in the 2-point conversion to cut Patterson’s lead to 34-29.
Digital Harbor’s defense then forced a punt which only traveled 19 yards to Digital Harbor’s 48 yard line. On third-and-9, Barnes, doing his best Houdini impression, scampered between Patterson tacklers for a 51-yard touchdown rush. The 2-point conversion failed, but the Rams remained ahead 35-34.
On Patterson’s next play from scrimmage, Walker intercepted a deep pass from Oliver to seal the game for Digital Harbor.
This game marked quite a turnaround for Digital Harbor, which lost to Patterson 64-20 a season ago.
By Jason Butt