The last second and final play of the 1A region A championship resulted in a Trojans victory. The Essex Trojans traveled to the Northumberland Indians to play on Saturday, November 24.
The game was on the VHSL schedule for Friday night, but was played a day later. The teams traded freezing temperatures for a game played in rain showers and downpours. The field, including the sidelines, was a quagmire; it was impressive to watch the players run and cut in all the muck. The wind gusted from time to time, so it made the passing game non-effective. The Trojans received the initial kick-off and turned the ball over on downs. They mishandled the punt and gave the ball to the Indians inside the 15-yard line. The Indians could not get into the end zone, so they gave the ball back to the visitors. The home team got the ball back; this time they found the endzone when Delvin Palmer went around the left side for a (0-6) lead with 2:41 left in the first. The Trojans began a fifteen-play drive that started in first quarter and ended with 6:34 left in the half. They had a couple fourth-down calls that they went for and converted to keep the drive going. The longest run was 12 yards by Takeyo Day Jr. then Antwaine Greene went up the middle for the 1-yard touchdown (6-6). To start the third quarter, the Indians got a good kick-off return from Collin Saunders that put them in positive field position that was his second of the game.
The drive ended when Tamaje Jones picked off an Indians pass attempt; the visitors went on another long drive that began with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Antwaine Greene capped off the drive by stepping over two players on the ground and ended with another 1-yard plunge in the endzone.
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