Late TD lifts Braves

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2004

GREENSBORO – After surrendering the lead in the fourth quarter, Chowan College rallied for the game-winning score with 3:46 to play here Saturday afternoon and secure a 21-20 victory.

The Braves, who led 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter, saw that lead evaporate when the Pride scored three times in the fourth period to take a 20-14 advantage.

The Braves, however, rallied for the win by going on a 10-play, 72-yard drive.

Kevin Helmlinger capped the drive when he found freshman receiver Tyvonne Johnson on a 17-yard touchdown pass. Zach Paulk added the conversion that gave Chowan the victory.

The Braves’ defense had to stop two attempts by Greensboro to win the game late. The first time, the Braves Jason Lightfoot dropped Pride quarterback Justin Roberson for a loss on fourth down.

The next time, with Greensboro starting on their own five-yardline, the Braves’ Shatae McEaschin stopped Roberson for a two-yard loss.

The Pride got no closer than their own 48-yardline as time expired.

Early in the contest, Greensboro grabbed the early lead. J.R. Hair returned a punt for 69 yards and a touchdown with 10:22 to play in the second. Chris Palme added the PAT to give Greensboro a 7-0 lead.

Chowan answered with just over two minutes to play in the first half. Quarterback Taylor Furlough threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Johnson which, coupled with Paulk’s extra point left the game deadlocked at seven-all at the half.

Chowan got on the board again in the third quarter when Adam Powers returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. Paulk added the PAT to give Chowan a 14-7 lead.

From there, Greensboro had thee consecutive scores. Palme cut the Chowan lead to 14-10 when he booted a 37-yard field goal with 13:16 to play in the fourth quarter.

The Pride then had a four-yard touchdown run by Mike Pollard. Palme added the kick that gave Greensboro a 17-14 lead.

Palme added a 48-yard field goal with 7:40 to play in the contest which established the Pride’s 20-14 lead.

The Braves were led in rushing by Ricky Mobley who had 49 yards on 16 carries.

Furlough was 8-of-19 with one touchdown for 84 yards passing while Helmlinger was 5-of-11 for forty yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Zach Squires and Adam Powers each had an interception for the Braves. Sophomore defensive back Sebastian Harrison had 11 tackles on the day while Matt Cunningham registered eight, as did Kyshawn Randall.

The Braves will be on the road again this Saturday as they travel to Ferrum College.