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August 31, 2013DALLAS -- Sometimes, hunches do work. And to "never say never" actually does have some validity.
The first offensive play North Gaston ran went for a touchdown and that very play ended up giving them the win as they astonishingly came back to beat East Rutherford 43-42, Friday night..
After North Gaston scored on it's first play from scrimmage, a 48-yard option keep by quarterback Nick Haskin(116 yards rushing), East held command on back-to-back touchdowns to go up 14-7. East held a 28-14 lead at the half and then all but sealed the deal with a 54-yard pass by Austin Hollifield (10-21-2INT-2TD-190 yards passing) on a deep ball down the sideline to Will Hollifield for a touchdown and a 42-28 Cavalier lead.
However, it was far from the last score of the contest as 3:09 remained in the fourth quarter and the Wildcats not folding.
Starting at their own 35, North Gaston marched 12 plays with 34 yards of that caught by receiver Alex Patton and aided by an East personal foul penalty. It was then capped off by Haskin's 1-yard plunge into the end zone. The extra point by Christian Stewart was true and the Wildcats trailed 42-35 with 1:18 left.
On the onside kick attempt, North Gaston caught East Rutherford off guard by how quickly they broke huddle with Stewart barreling from the middle of the pile to take the kick. The ball bounced 15-yards into East Rutherford's Justin Rogers chest and North Gaston's Brandon Stowe recovered the pigskin.
Beginning at the East 44, Haskin clipped off 15 yards in rushing on two plays. North Gaston again received help with a personal foul by the Cavaliers and then an unsportsmanlike penalty gave North Gaston half the distance to the goal. On first and goal at the four, Stowe ran the pitch around right end and scored easily.
The Wildcats decided to go for the two-point conversion and Haskin had the answer. Going through a hole in the right side of the defense, Haskin called his own number and easily converted the game winner with 50 seconds to play.
East, who responded quickly all night to anything North Gaston did and by held a 14-point lead on three different occasions hurried down the field. The Cavaliers got all the way to the Wildcat 45, but an interception by Raquan Brown spoiled a chance at a late field goal attempt for East.
North Gaston improves to 2-0, while East Rutherford falls to 0-2. North Gaston will face Lincolnton at home and East Rutherford will travel to Tuscola on Friday.
NG 7 7 7 22 - 43
ER 14 14 7 7 - 42
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