IWA’s late comeback stuns Broadwater

Published 1:03 am Saturday, October 4, 2008

Isle of Wight Academy finds a new way to win every week. Trailing 22-10 with 4:02 to play, the Chargers scored two late touchdowns to smack Broadwater Academy 23-22 Friday night.

The Chargers (6-0) were having trouble moving the ball for most of the second half and looked like they were going downhill fast. With 4:06 to play in the third quarter, Broadwater sacked IWA quarterback Daniel Brown in the end zone to take a 15-10 lead. The Vikings then went up 22-10 on an 11-yard touchdown strike from quarterback J. Turner to Will Tyson with 8:14 to play, and seemingly had all the momentum.

“At one time, I walked the sideline and said, ‘That is probably going to be it for us,’ ” said IWA head coach Dale Chapman.

Inexplicably, IWA decided to play offense the last four minutes of the game. Going to the air, Brown tossed a 13-yard pass to Zack Warnick down to the IWA 37. Two plays later, Brown scrambled and tossed a 60-yard bomb to Warnick for a touchdown. Justin Vick’s extra point cut the Broadwater lead to 22-17 with 3:22 to play.

The Chargers tried an onside kick but were unsuccessful when an off-sides penalty was called. This actually turned out to be a blessing, because Vick’s deep kick on the second try pinned the Vikings back at their own 20.

A fired-up IWA defense held Broadwater to a three-and-out, and Kelley’s punt went only to the 36. The Chargers took over and were immediately called for a holding penalty, moving the ball back to the Broadwater 45. On the next play, Brown hit Heath Price with a short pass. Price took the ball downfield and hurdled the Viking defender for an amazing 17-yard gain that fans will talk about for years.

On a second-and-10 play from the 25, Brown threw an incomplete pass in the end zone, but Broadwater was called for pass interference and the Chargers had the ball first-and-10 from the 12. Two plays later Brown threaded the needle to Warnick in the middle of the end zone for 11 yards with 47 seconds to play. The two-point conversion pass failed, but the damage was done and the Chargers led 23-22. The homecoming crowd, celebrating the school’s 40th anniversary, went bananas.

IWA sealed the win when Brown intercepted Turner’s pass with four seconds to play.

Chapman said his team finally got good field position near the end of the game.

“It’s hard to do anything on offense when you are pinned deep and the defense is getting at you,” Chapman said. “We finally got good field position and opened up the offense a little bit. We tried to pass a little in the first half, but their defense was all over our quarterback. We had to make some adjustments to make it happen.”

The Chargers had taken a 3-0 lead when Vick booted a 30-yard field goal with 3:44 to play in the first quarter. Brown also rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, diving into the end zone with 8:16 to play in the first half for a 10-0 lead. Broadwater came back and scored two TDs in the second quarter, one on a 7-yard run by Walker Lewis and then, with no time left on the clock, a 2-yard run by Turner, to take a 13-10 lead into the half.

Price led the Chargers’ rushing attack with 66 yards on 15 carries, 64 of those in the first half. Brown was 5-for-12 through the air for 116 yards. Broadwater’s Lewis rushed for 63 yards.

IWA plays at Tidewater Academy Friday at 7:30 p.m.