Colonials wake up in the second half to earn conference win

By Gianna Banner 4:02pm, October 19, 2013
Video: Highlights of WP vs Concord game
The William Penn Colonials trailed early but came alive in the second half, when Reggie Carroll scored three touchdowns to earn the 21-14 come-from-behind victory against the Concord Raiders on Saturday morning.

After a scoreless first quarter, Concord's Austin Coughenor completed a 28 yard touchdown to Elijah Davis with 55 seconds left to play in the half. The extra point from Mariano Di Gabriele was good to lift the Raiders 7-0 at the break.

With less than six minutes left in the third, Carroll scored his first touchdown. DJ Johnson gave Carroll the hand off for 10 yards, and the Colonials tied the game 7-7.

In the final quarter, William Penn (4-3, 4-1 Flight A) took its first lead. With nine minutes left to play, Carroll cut to the right side and ran all the way down the line for a 67 yard touchdown run. W. Poppe's kick put the Colonials ahead 14-7.

The Raiders (3-4, 3-2) didn't give up. Matt Mellette pushed his way over the goal line with 5:41 on the clock.

With a knotted 14-14 score, Carroll scored his third and final touchdown of the game. He carried for 5 yards to put the Colonials back in front.

Concord had an opportunity to score on its last possession, after Davis caught a pass that put the Raiders in Colonials' territory.

William Penn coaches then decided to put in the speedy Carroll to defend the pass, and it worked out in the Colonials favor. Concord's Coughenor was looking for an open man down field, when Carroll forced the fumble and teammate Greggory Gilles picked up the loose ball to secure the victory.

"How 'bout Reggie Carroll? He's something else," said William Penn head coach Marvin Dooley. "He made the fumble the last play. He never plays defense for us because I run him so much offensively but anytime I get in pass situations, I know he can run off that edge."

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