Van Horn explodes late over St. Mary's

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: October 1, 2011 - 2:31 AM

Van Horn’s fourth-quarter surge didn’t just happen right after St. Mary’s had pulled within a point late in the third.

To be precise, the beginning of the Falcons’ 22-point push – which finished a 42-19 Crossroads Conference win at Truman High School – could be traced directly to St. Mary’s final score.

Scott Lehane’s 12-yard run through the left side made it 20-19 with 51 seconds left in the third, but the Trojans were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, forcing them to kick off from the 25-yard line after a failed two-point conversion try.

The kick return by Kendall Williams put Van Horn at St. Mary’s 43-yard line. Four plays later, Denzel Strong took a direct snap and went 20 yards up the middle for a touchdown. He added a two-point conversion run after a St. Mary’s penalty, giving the Falcons a 28-19 lead.

With that, Van Horn (4-2) was on its way to a third consecutive win for the first time 17 years. The Falcons also improved to 3-1 in Crossroads play, clinching at least a share of the league title, again another first in 17 years.

“It’s been a long time since we could say something like that,” Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert said.

“We feel fortunate. St. Mary’s is very well-coached, and a lot of our troubles were the result of what they were able to do out there. We needed to get to the point where our playmakers could make plays.”

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