Jake Allen threw a touchdown pass to Emoni Williams, who also finished with 105 receiving yards, in the Eagles’ 14-7 loss at Landmark Christian on Friday night.
With just over 5 minutes left in the game, and with Landmark (4-0) on Mount Paran’s 2-yard line, the Eagles stuffed fullback William Higbie and forced a fumble. The Eagles recovered on the 4 and they had new life.
“I’m proud of the kids,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “They fought on the goal line. They made two goal-line stands.”
Three plays later on third-and-9, Allen threw a bomb over the middle which Williams leaped to catch for a 45-yard gain and a first down. Mount Paran (2-1) would continue to move the chains on a 14-yard run by Allen and a 13-yard reception by Williams to place the ball at the Landmark 16.
But a sack and an incompletion resulted in a fourth-and-14 from the 20 with 1:13 to go. Allen’s pass would land out of the end zone and the ball went back to Landmark on downs.
Stockton McGuire would kneel twice to end the contest.
“The offense played hard,” Jordan said. “That is one of the best defenses we will see this season. We just got to lick our wounds and get ready to go next week.”
Already trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, the Eagles fell into a deeper hole just seconds after Landmark’s first score when Allen’s lateral — which Mount Paran felt was a forward pass — to Williams fell to the ground and was picked up by Joey Blount, who raced 30-yards for a touchdown.
“The referees do a great job and it could’ve gone either way,” Jordan said. “Sometimes those breaks go for you and sometimes they are against you but there were other plays in the game we could’ve made.”
But with 4:11 left in the second quarter, the Eagles cut their deficit in half when Allen and Williams connected for a 12-yard touchdown to cap a 13-play, 88-yard drive.