Blue, White Football Teams Play to 22–22 Tie
Evan Howley ’22 and Luke Golumbic ’23 threw for two touchdowns each and Stephen Rice ’21 scored on a 51-yard fourth-down scamper to tie the game with 5:58 to play as Mercersburg’s Blue and White teams tied 22–22 in the second edition of the Blue/White Football Series October 24.
The White Team found itself up 14–0 in the contest after Howley connected with Christian Jetter ’22 for a 17-yard TD strike nine minutes into the game (Jetter literally took the ball away from a defender in the end zone), and Caleb Newcomer ’23 caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Howley in what would have been the second quarter of a typical game. (The contest was played with a 60-minute running clock, with the clock stopping between plays in the final two minutes.)
Golumbic led the White Team back by throwing a 56-yard scoring pass to Tommy Quick ’22 and then hitting Christopher Tompkins ’23 for a successful two-point conversion to get within 14–8. On the team’s next possession, Ryan MacInnis ’23 caught a 16-yard touchdown pass; a successful two-point conversion pass from Golumbic to Quick gave the White its first lead of the game at 16–14 with 22:48 to play.
Jackson Schermerhorn ’21 put the Blue back ahead, 22–16, on a 22-yard touchdown scamper, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Howley to Ahlgren with 14:36 left before Rice’s fourth-quarter scoring run brought things even. On the game’s final drive, Howley hit Schermerhorn for a 47-yard gain inside the White 30-yard line, but as the seconds ticked down, Howley was stopped three yards short of the goal line.
Schemerhorn led all rushers with 101 yards on just seven rushes; Golumbic and Howley each tossed two touchdowns in their debuts and were a combined 17 of 21 passing. Adam Rappaport ’21 had two tackles for loss for the White Team, while Luke Hendricks ’24 also recorded two tackles for loss for the Blue.
(Read a recap of Game 1 of the series, which was won 28–6 by the Blue.)
The final game in the series will be played Saturday, October 31, at 1 p.m. Click here to watch the broadcast.