Deion Liddell rallies Sto-Rox past Summit Academy 20-16
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Deion Liddell tossed two third-quarter touchdowns as Sto-Rox rallied past Summit Academy 20-16 Saturday afternoon after falling behind 16-6 at halftime.
“It’s a tribute to our team, we preach team concept, work hard as a team and play hard as a team,” said Sto-Rox head coach Jason Ruscitto. “We were a little short-handed today, but we found a way to get it done, and that’s a tribute to the heart of the Sto-Rox Vikings.”
Linddell, who split time at quarterback in the first half with Eric Wilson connected with Amahd Pack with 27 yards and Antwion Ebore from 34 yards out on two consecutive drives.
Ebore led all receivers with 102 on the four catches for two scores.
Pack’s touchdown reception finished a 7-play 72-yard drive; while Ebore’s second touchdown came on a 6-play 58-yard drive
Sto-Rox got themselves back into the game thanks to the legs of running back Davonte Williams who rushed for 91 yards on ten carries in the second half and 106 yards on 16 attempts in the game.
The Knights had a chance to win the game as the held the Vikings on downs at their 6-yard line with 8:21 remaining and took over at the Sto-Rox 39-yard line following a bad punt snap. But in both cases, the Vikings defense stepped up and came up with a stop.
“My defensive staff did a great job with the gameplan, and we just kept preaching “just do your job,” let’s play football fundamental, and that’s a tribute to my defensive staff,” said Ruscitto.
Summit Academy penetrated as deep as the Vikings 25-yard with just over a minute to go, but Bailey Krall’s pass to the end zone fell incomplete ending the game.
Jamir Hughes ran two second-quarter touchdowns to put Summit Academy in front 16-6 at the half over Sto-Rox.
After playing scoreless through the quarter with three combined turnovers, the Knights were the first to put things together offensively as the marched 86 yards in nine plays capped by Hughes 2-yard run.
Bailey Krall’s 30-yard completion to Jamir Whitt to the Vikings 2-yard line on fourth down was the critical play of the drive. Antonio White also had a 37-yard run on the possession.
Sto-Rox answered in six plays Antwion Eborne hauled in a short pass and broke free for a 58-yard touchdown reception from Eric Wilson that pulled Vikings to within two at 8-6.
“We found a way to make plays in the second half that made up for our mistakes in the first half,” said Ruscitto.
The Knights extended their lead when Hughes broke free on a 25-yard touchdown run capping a 5-play 78-yard drive.
Hughes led the Knights with 58 yards on 11 carries with the two scores.
“We just didn’t play a very good second half; we couldn’t get anything rolling,” said Summit Academy head coach Stephen Sherer. “I think the kids thought they had the game won at halftime. Sto-Rox showed a lot of heart, and they made enough plays to win.”
“You have to take the good with the bad; we have to put it all together again. Do a little consoling to get things right for Northgate.”
Sto-Rox 20 Summit Academy 16
Score by Quarters
Sto-Rox – 0 6 14 0 – 20
Summit Academy – 0 16 0 0 – 16
SA – Jamir Hughes 2 yd run (Hughes rush), 7:56
SR – Antwion Ebore 58 yd pass from Eric Wilson (pass failed), 5:28
SA – Hughes 25 yd run (Bailey Krall rush), 3:25
SR – Amahd Pack 27 yd pass from Deion Liddell (pass failed), 5:16
SR – Ebore 34 yd pass from Liddell (Davonte Williams rush), :28
Rushing: Sto-Rox – Amahd Pack 4-30, Davonte Williams 16-106, Deion Liddell 7-(-2), Riddick 1-2, Team 3-(-21). Totals: 31-115. Summit Academy – Antonio White 4-41, Hughes 11-58, Giante Thomas 5-31, Osifo 4-15, Krall 5-12, Brown 2-9. Totals: 31-166.
Receiving: Sto-Rox -Sedric Riddick 2-26, Ebore 4-102, Sharon Graham 3-22, Marcus Upshaw 1-7, Davonte Williams 1-8, Pack 2-33. Summit Academy – Fesojaiye Osifo 2-10, Jamir Whitt 1-30, Elijah Dickey 1-(-3), White 1-14.
Passing: Sto-Rox – Deion Liddell 10-for-18 124 yards 2 touchdowns. , Eric Wilson 3-for-4 74 yards, Dylan Greer 0-for-1. Summit Academy – Delano Brown 2-for-10 (-1) yard, 1 interception, Bailey Krall 3-for-8 52 yards.
Interceptions: Sto-Rox – 1 – Ebore.
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