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August 31, 2013

Eastern stuns Madison-Grant with late TD

Comets drive 97 yards for winning score with 1:12 left.


“I felt confident that we could move the ball down the field,” Porter said. “It was just big big pass after big pass. Bates hit me for a long streak on this side right over here and then ... he hit Cree on the other side. That’s when our whole style shifted from airing it out and then we put everybody togther and we out-hearted them at the end.”

Not quite the end. Eastern scored with 1:12 and had to stop M-G one final time. Madison-Grant was out of its comfort zone. The Argylls ran for 315 yards but connected on just two passes. Forced to pass, M-G’s first big pass play was batted down by Porter, playing at the cornerback spot. On the next play, M-G quarterback Austin Purkey was hit as he threw and his pass sailed to Porter without an offensive player close. Porter snagged an interception and all that remained was for the Comets to take a knee and end the game.

That sealed an improbable victory for Eastern, which toiled most of the game without its best player, Papee Byers. Byers went down with an injury in Eastern’s very first offensive series and didn’t return.

Eastern stayed close through the air. The Comets connected on 14 of 23 passes for 295 yards. All but one of those passes was by Bates, but a key strike was on a trick play when Bates threw a lateral to Johnston, who passed to a wide-open Braden Gibson for a 67-yard TD play. That narrowed the gap to 22-20 with 10:11 left in the third quarter.

Bates also connected on a five-yard TD pass to Sam Rocchio in the third quarter, and a 20-yard scoring throw to Porter in the second period.

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