Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 11:32 am | Updated: 8:52 am, Sat Oct 17, 2015.
Bend, but do not break.
The Tompkins football team could have served as the definition of that expression against Mayde Creek, Oct. 15 at Rhodes Stadium. The Falcons allowed more than 400 yards, but not a single point through four quarters and two overtime possessions.
Jake Prather’s two-yard touchdown gave Tompkins a 7-0 victory, the first shutout in school history and a 2-2 record in District 19-6A. The Falcons (3-4 overall) will be no worse than fourth place when they return to Rhodes on Oct. 23 to face Morton Ranch.
Mayde Creek received 158 rushing yards from Donovan Lee and made several trips into Tompkins territory. But the Falcons somehow turned away the Rams each time.
The scoreless game quickly moved into the fourth quarter, with Mayde Creek (0-7, 0-4) driving again. But near the Tompkins 20-yard-line, Elijah King and Brady Stephens combined for a critical sack that helped end the drive.
Tompkins later seemed ready to break the tie, using a brilliant, diving catch by Peyton Powell and the legs of Sebastian Terrell to reach the 34-yard line. But a penalty moved the Falcons out of field goal range and Adan Espinosa barely got the punt away after an off-target snap.
With two minutes left, the Rams mixed runs by Lee with completions from Anthony Alcoser to Seth Samsel to quickly get downfield. The Rams were at the Tompkins 13 with 21 seconds remaining.
But Brandon Pinkerton batted down a pass near the line of scrimmage, and Parker Powell made a dramatic interception near the goal line to force overtime.
Jaylen Brown and Mayde Creek stuffed Tompkins on its first overtime possession, forcing a 37-yard field goal attempt that was off the mark.
Stephens and Joey Grass combined to stop Mayde Creek on third and short, after which a fourth-down pass fell incomplete. The Rams lost 13 yards on a fumble to begin their second overtime possession, ultimately giving Tompkins a chance to score and win.
Ryan Rake found Ramon Guigon for a 23-yard catch on Tompkins’ first play. Prather dived in two plays later to end the game in victory for the Falcons.