JAMES CITY – R.J. Morris returned a blocked Jamestown field-goal attempt 61 yards, then scored on the ensuing 2-point conversion to gain a 28-27 win for New Kent at Wanner Stadium on Friday night.
Leading 28-21 with 41 seconds remaining, Jamestown, facing fourth-and-12 from the Trojans’ 22, opted to attempt a 39-yard field goal, which would have iced the game and ended a losing streak for the Eagles that reached 17 games.
But the kick was blocked, and Morris picked up the loose ball and scooted down the left sideline, scoring the crucial touchdown to close the Jamestown lead to 27-26. New Kent coach Clark Harrell opted to go for the win, setting up the 2-point conversion. Michael Burt handed to Morris, who burst through the middle for the winning score.
The game was a back-and-forth battle. The Eagles struck first on their opening drive. After Jamestown recovered an opening-kickoff fumble at the Trojans’ 18, Mark Lipscomb caught an 11-yard pass to the 5, and after a Jamestown penalty, spun twice through a pack of tacklers to score on a 9-yard run.
New Kent (2-4) relied on its workhorse, Bay Rivers District-leading rusher Davion Barnes (28 carries, 200 yards). But it was Burt, the quarterback, who scored first on a 1-yard sneak. The extra-point try was blocked, and the Eagles held a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter.
Jamestown quickly answered as Zach Pennycuff caught a pass in the left flat and sprinted 20 yards for a 14-6 lead. Barnes responded for New Kent, bulling into the end zone from 3 yards out to cap an all-rushing, 11-play, 59-yard drive. A Morris conversion run knotted the contest at 14 with 2:56 left in the first half.
But Jamestown went to work, with Lipscomb’s 15-yard catch and 14-yard run, followed by a New Kent penalty for an illegal tackle setting up an 8-yard pass from Hunter Brittain to Lipscomb. That gave the Eagles a 20-14 lead they took into the intermission.
Rashaun Jones of New Kent and Lamont Brandon of Jamestown traded touchdowns in the third quarter, leading to the game’s dramatic finish.
Hunter Brittain completed 13 of 17 passes for 214 yards for Jamestown (0-5).
NEW KENT — 0, 14, 6, 8 — 28
JAMESTOWN — 7, 13, 7, 0 — 27
Jam: Lipscomb 9 run (Weissenfluh kick), 10:28
NK: Burt 1 run (kick blocked), 11:56
Jam: Pennycuff 20 run (Weissenfluh kick), 9:24
Jam: Lipscomb 8 pass from Brittain (kick blocked), :25
Jam: R. Jones 19 run (Weissenfluh kick), 7:10
NK: Brandon 1 run (kick failed), 4:38
NK: Morris 61 blocked FG return (Morris run), :28
TEAM STATS NK James
First downs; 13, 11
Rushes-yards; 44-291, 31-159
Passing yards; 19, 214
Comp-Att-Int; 3-4-0, 13-17-1
Penalties-yards; 5-50, 8-67
Punts-avg; 1-18, 2-33
Fumbles-lost; 1-1, 2-2