The Sideline

Friday, August 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Foss takes down unbeaten Wilson to boost playoff chances

With fog engulfing the field for much of the second half at Stadium Bowl, Foss forced three turnovers – the last of which allowing them to run out the clock – to hold on for a 14-13 win over Wilson tonight.

The Falcons had a chance to run out the clock a possession prior, but a fumbled exchange gave the Rams the ball at the Foss 20-yard line. The Rams’ Isaiah Simpson promptly fumbled the ball back to the Falcons two plays later at the 12-yard line, and Foss ran out the clock after getting a first down on a key rollout run by quarterback Isaiah Littlejohn.

Littlejohn had sparked the Falcons’ offense after sitting out much of the first half due to lack of practice time during the week. Trailing 13-0 at the break, Littlejohn ripped off a 45-yard run on Foss’ first possession of the second half, and capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to cut it to 13-7. An interception by the Falcons’ Baacari Kiner set up Foss at the Wilson 21-yard line early in the fourth quarter, and Littlejohn scored on a nifty five-yard scramble two plays later to give the Rams the lead.

Wilson had taken a 7-0 lead with 3:26 to go in the first quarter when quarterback Julius Yates-Brown hit A.J. Ruffin for a nine-yard touchdown pass on a nice play action. Yates-Brown scored on a one-yard plunge on the Rams’ next possession to cap an 11-play, 59-yard drive. But the point after was missed, making it 13-0 with 7:51 until the break. It would prove critical later.

The Falcons looked to cut into the deficit before halftime when wide receiver Scooby Reynolds snatched away a potential interception in the endzone for a touchdown, but he was called for pass interference. Wilson was called for defensive pass interference on the resulting play with no time on the clock to give Foss yet another chance, but the Falcons couldn’t take advantage.

Wilson drove deep into Foss territory twice in the second half only to be denied any points. After driving to the Falcons’ 25-yard line on their first possession of the half, Simpson fumbled at the Foss 8-yard line after an 18-yard gain on a screen pass, with the Falcons recovering. After Littlejohn’s second score, the Rams drove to the Foss 24-yard line in nine plays, only to see Yates-Brown’s pass on fourth down sail out of the back of the endzone. That led to the quick exchange of fumbles that ultimately sealed the win for Foss.

The game throws a wrench in the Narrows 3A standings, putting Wilson at 4-1 and still clinging to first place, while the Falcons have been given new life at 3-2 in league play.

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