By Colby Gordon / American-Statesman Correspondent
Posted at 12:18 AM
Stony Point defensive back Jeremiah Wright knew the ball was coming his way.
With 10 seconds left in the game and Hendrickson having the ball at the Tiger 13 trailing 24-21 Friday at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Wright saw how the Hawks lined up and instantly figured he’d play a part in how the game would be decided.
“It’s the last play of the game and they put a big 6-foot receiver against me, so I already knew where the ball was going to,” said Wright, who is listed at 5 feet 8 on Stony Point’s roster. “I just got in the right position and got ready to make the big play.”
Wright’s big play was an interception on the far side of the end zone on an attempted fade pass that preserved the Tigers’ 24-21 win, kept them undefeated on the season and gave them a second win in as many weeks after trailing in the fourth quarter.
“It’s great for this program to be 5-0,” Wright said. “We came a long way this summer working hard and it’s all coming together.”
In what was a tight game from start to finish, Stony Point (5-0, 3-0 District 13-6A) trailed 21-14 entering the fourth, but tied the game on Kendall Thomas’ 83-yard touchdown run on the quarter’s first play.
The Tigers took their first lead of the game when Alan Rivera Salazar kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1:48 to go.
“This is a game that in the past that we may have lost,” Tigers coach Craig Chessher said. “Hendrickson is a really good team that has lost three close games. … I’m real proud of our kids. I know it’s cliche to say how resilient we were, but it’s so true.”
Jasiya Demps, who finished with 130 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to lead Hendrickson (2-4, 1-3), sprinted 69 yards on the game’s very first play to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead.
Stony Point answered late in the first quarter on Kyle Overton’s 44-yard scoring strike to Andre Woods, and the teams traded touchdowns in the second when Demps plunged into the end zone from the 2 and Overton and Woods hooked up again from the 6.
Demps scored on a 1-yard run in the third to give the Hawks their final lead before Stony Point made the plays it needed to in the fourth, just as it did the week prior during a 42-32 win over Cedar Ridge.
“It shows that we don’t give up no matter what,” said Woods, who ended the game with five catches for 90 yards. “That’s what this program is about.”
Thomas finished with 174 yards rushing and Overton threw for 176 yards for the Tigers, who still have district showdowns left with Vista Ridge, Vandegrift and Round Rock.
But, as Chessher noted, being undefeated after the first half of the season, there’s no better position Stony Point could be in.
“This was a huge win for us,” he said. “It feels good to be 5-0, but we’ll take it one game at a time. We’ve got a really good Vista Ridge team next week, and there’s no rest for the weary in this district.”