Tigers turn to long ball late to rally past Georgetown

confoot-17moodycatchIn a sloppy game in which Conway couldn’t seem to score close to the goalline, the Tigers had to dig deep and go deep to earn a hard-fought 22-13 victory over host Georgetown on Friday night.

Trailing 13-8 in the fourth quarter, Conway quarterback Peyton Derrick hit Juwon Moody for the go-ahead touchdown, then connected with Bryan Edwards from 63 yards out to put the game away.

But it didn’t come easily as the Tigers repeatedly made costly mistakes for the first three quarters. Derrick fumbled the ball on the 1 to set up Georgetown’s first score, and Conway had a touchdown pass from Derick to Moody wiped away by a penalty to close the first half in a 7-0 hole.

Conway drove to the Georgetown 1 on the first series of the second half but were pushed back by more penalties. The Tigers defense had to step up to set up Conway’s first score, returning an interception to the 1, where Derrick dove into the end zone on the next play. Jah’Maine Martin ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-7 lead.

After Georgetown reclaimed the lead early in the fourth period for a 13-8 edge, the Tigers decided to fly the friendly skies instead of the soggy field. Derrick’s toss to Moody came on a smart audible by Derrick, who spotted a defensive switch at cornerback and took advantage of the matchup.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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