NEW ORLEANS - It was a frantic finish in City Park as the Clark Bulldogs staged a fourth quarter goal line stand to spoil homecoming for the Carver Rams, with a 20-18 victory on Friday night at Pan American Stadium in a District 10-3A match up.
The Rams scored 12 unanswered second half points and had the ball first and goal at the Clark four yard line with less than a minute to play. However, the Bulldogs’ defense stuffed Carver on first down, forcing the Rams to use their final time out with 45 seconds to play.
Clark flexed their muscle again on second and third down, making Carver rush their field goal unit onto the field with the clock ticking down. Time ran out on the Rams before they could get the snap off, as the Bulldogs rushed the field in celebration.
“I just try to motivate these kids,” Clark head coach Byron Addison said. “They’ve been working hard all season long. I stressed to them that Carver is a talented football team. I just told them to go out there and leave it all on the field.”
Clark (2-7, 2-4) struck first with a one-yard quarterback sneak by Jared Micken after the Bulldogs recovered a fumble deep in Carver territory. The Rams answered quickly, as running back Eugene Brazley took an option pitch 80-yards for a score on Carver’s next possession.
Clark jumped out to a 20-6 lead in the second quarter after a 50-yard touchdown catch by Hakeem Parker from Micken, and a one-yard touchdown run by Bernell Brooks.
Carver (3-6, 3-3) made it a game in the second half. In the third quarter the Rams recovered a muffed punt in Clark territory, setting up a short drive ending with a five-yard scoring run by Brazley. The two-point conversion attempt failed. Brazley crossed the pylon again in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard run. The Rams were unable to score on the two-point conversion.
Clark made sure the Rams would not get any closer, denying Carver on the game’s wild final possession. “It great just to see these kids overcome the adversity they’ve had,” Addison said. “It’s not always about wins and losses, but to see our kids on the other side of it and get that feeling, it’s just great.”
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