By Jim McGrath, CORRESPONDENT
11:46 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
WILLIAMSBURG - On an evening better suited for playing indoor games, a damp but spirited crowd patiently waited in line at Cooley Field before filing into the stands to witness Poquoson and Jamestown, who were struggling to gain a foothold in the Bay Rivers District football standings.
In the end, the Eagles, buoyed by Daivon Turner’s 5-yard touchdown run with 1:15 remaining, escaped with a hard-fought 13-9 win on Friday night.
The game started after a 1-hour, 40-minute delay as thunder and lightning progressed over the Historic Triangle. Although the rain subsided soon after the scheduled game time of 7 p.m., the consistent electrical activity kept both teams and spectators under cover until 8:10.
Jamestown took advantage of its first drive, methodically moving the ball 67 yards on six plays. Stas Szczepanski capped the drive with a 23-yard burst through a gap in the middle for the game’s first score. Tyler Doane added a PAT.
Poquoson opened the second quarter with its own initial touchdown, coming at the end of a long 16-play drive, and capped by a 1-yard burst through the middle by Austin Turner. The extra-point attempt failed and Jamestown held a 7-6 edge.
Long drives with lots of running plays were the theme of the first half.
On Poquoson’s last drive before halftime, Reece Thornburg and Grayson Boyce broke for runs of 20 and 26 yards to start a nine-play series, which ended with a 34-yard field goal by Michael Roy to put the Islanders on top 9-7 heading into intermission.
A 23-yard pass from Trey Hicks to Logan Schwartz helped Poquoson convert a fourth-and-11 situation to continue the drive.
Both squads’ defenses set the tone in a scoreless third quarter, keyed by a mere 71 combined total yards and two turnovers, one by each team.
With 2:43 left, the Eagles were down to their last series, hindered when a personal foul brought the ball back to the 27 after a punt-return opportunity.
Taking to the air, Doane found Mike Mason and J.J. Boyd for gains of 15 and 25 yards. An 11-yarder to Ben Hutchison brought the ball to the 5, where Turner handled the rest of the load, taking a Doane handoff through the middle for the winning score.
Jamestown improved to 2-3 (2-2 in the BRD) while Poquoson fell to 2-3 (1-3 in the district).
Poquoson: 0, 9, 0, 0 - 9
Jamestown: 7, 0, 0, 6 - 13
J – Szczepanski 23 run (Doane kick)
P – Turner 1 run (kick failed)
P – Roy 34 FG
J – Turner 5 run (kick failed)
First Downs; 9, 13
Rushes-yards; 39-83, 39-176
Passing yards; 74, 94
Comp-att-int; 6-10-1, 7-13-0
Penalties-yards; 3-25, 5-50
Punts-avg; 4-36, 3-22
Fumbles-lost; 1-0, 0-0
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