With the game tied at 20 and under a minute to play, Brighton’s play-making receiver Jerrod Clark wanted the ball.
Clark hauled in a tipped pass for a 32-yard touchdown to propel Brighton to a 28-20 victory over Latin Academy at Daly Field on Thursday.
“He actually came to the sideline and said ‘Coach, let’s put this game away. Put the ball in my hand,’ ” Brighton coach Randolph Abraham said. “They were in a Cover 2 but we knew we had an opening going deep and we had a size advantage.”
“I saw the defense was slacking toward the sideline so I said ‘Coach it’s open, hit me,’ ” Clark said. “I just kept my eyes on the ball. I just knew I didn’t catch it [initially] so I knew I had to keep my body in control in order to catch the ball.”
Here is the Brighton touchdown catch pic.twitter.com/W3ROPHJ0T0— Brandan Blom (@brandan_blom) November 24, 2016
Running back Kevin Brown took the first play of Brighton’s second drive for a 64-yard score. Brown, who also plays linebacker, intercepted a pass on Latin Academy’s ensuing drive and returned it 40 yards for another touchdown for a 14-0 lead. Brown finished with 179 yards rushing and three scores.
Brighton (10-1) entered the half with a 14-6 lead but a few offensive mishaps in the fourth quarter gave Latin Academy (8-3) hope. The Dragons’ Jewells Cora jumped a rout, intercepted a Brighton pass, and returned it for a touchdown. Latin Academy then recovered the onside kick and took a 20-14 lead with a 44-yard pass from John Teehan to Patrick Fitzgerald.
Brighton kept to the ground on its next drive and Brown capped an 11-play drive with a 4-yard touchdown rush to tie the score at 20. Brighton forced a three and out with just under a minute left.
“We’ve been working on it all season and last game the same thing happened and we got [Clark] the ball at the last second,” Hall said. “It’s just trust. I trust them on and off the field. We’re family so I’ve got to trust my brothers.”
Brighton won the Boston City League North title for its fourth straight title.Brandan Blom can be reached at email@example.com.