LORAIN — Admiral King was headed for its fifth straight football victory on Saturday. The Admirals held a lead on Shaw for nearly half of their Lake Erie League football game and there was light at the end of the tunnel late in the fourth quarter.
Then the Cardinals struck with three big plays and the Admirals made three big mistakes in the last 5½ minutes.
Shaw took advantage, turned everything around and went home with a 21-13 victory from crisp and sunny George Daniel Field. Both teams left with 4-2 overall records. It was the first LEL game for both.
“You can’t make the number of mistakes we made on both sides of the ball and expect to win a football game like this,” said Admirals coach Mark Campo. “You can’t have breakdowns at key points in the game, you can’t get penalties at key points in the game. You can’t shoot yourselves in the foot as many times as we did and expect to come out on top.”
Admiral King, leading 13-7, had Shaw on the ropes facing third-and-14 from its own 25-yard line with 5:35 left in the game. But with a breakdown in Admiral King pass coverage, quarterback Kevin Woods hooked up with Darwin Cook on a 50-yard pass play.
The Admirals’ defense dug in and had the Cardinals facing fourth-and-4 from the King 19 with just over four minutes to go. But the defense jumped offside on the fourth-down play and Shaw was in business with a first down at the King 14. The Cardinals moved to first-and-goal from the King 2 and, with 1:44 to play, Kenron Drank ran for a touchdown to tie it at 13.
Shaw lined up to kick the extra point. But senior Marshon Williamson — ostensibly the holder for kicker Deonte Pippens — caught the Admirals off guard and ran around left end for a two-point conversion. It was a stunner.
“I called that one myself,” said Williamson, who added that the Cardinals have worked on the play in practice. “I saw they loaded up on one side (right) and that’s when I fired back the other way. I mean they came off the right side to block the kick, so I just went the other way.”
King still had a shot, but squandered it with another mistake. After the kickoff, the Admirals faced fourth-and-3 from their 25, but fumbled the snap and Avery Carter, Shaw’s senior linebacker, picked it up and ran 15 yards for the back-breaker with 51 seconds to play.
“This was huge,” said Shaw coach Rodney Brown, whose Cardinals had lost two games in a row. “This is something we needed. We’ve been backsliding a little bit. I told my guys we have to persevere, and even after our losses, we’ve had some great practices.”
King took a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes when Anthony Harrison ran one yard for a touchdown and Cameron Szatala kicked the extra point. It finished a 58-yard drive than took eight plays. Shaw responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by Dominic Cunningham late in the quarter and Pippens tied it with his extra point.
The Admirals made it a 13-6 game at the break when quarterback Terrence Atkinson scored from a yard away with no time showing on the clock. They missed the extra point.
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Shaw 21, Adm. King 13
Shaw 7 0 0 14 — 21
Adm. King 7 6 0 0 — 13
AK — Anthony Harrison 1 run (Cameron Szatala kick)
S — Dominic Cunningham 1 run (Deonte Pippens kick)
AK — Terrence Atkinson 1 run (kick failed)
S — Kenron Drake 2 run (Marshon Williamson run)
S — Avery Carter 15 fumble recovery return (kick failed)
First downs 12 6
— by rushing 6 4
— by passing 4 1
— by penalty 2 1
Yards rushing 124 112
Yards passing 97 54
Total offense 221 166
Passes att./comp. 14/6 9/5
Intercepted by 0 1
Fumbles/lost 2/1 6/2
Penalties/yards 9/63 8/77
RUSHING — (S) Chris Cook15-68, Deon Stanford 3-11, Kevin Woods 9-38, Dominic Cunningham 4-4, Kenron Drake 2-3. (AK) Terrence Atkinson 13-14, Tim Taylor 7-14, Cameron Bryant 8-37, Anthony Harrison 6-20, Julius Rollins 3-1, Chris Kimbro 2-26.
PASSING — (S) Kevin Woods 6-14-97-0-1. (AK) Terrence Atkinson 5-9-54-0-0.
RECEIVING — (S) Tyrone Williams 3-30, Deon Stanford 1-0, Dominic Cunningham 2-17, Darwin Cook 1-50. (AK) Rolando Carter 2-29, Julius Rollins 1-8, Tim Taylor 1-8, Others 1-9.