Booker T. Washington Stuns the ACA Patriots
The Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles shocked American Christian Academy on their home turf, knocking off the Patriots in a 22-12 upset.
"Man, hats off to Coach Cody for the job he's doing with his guys. There was a reason they were the No. 2 seed, man. They got a phenomenal ballclub, and we just came in; we had a great week of preparation from Monday, Tuesday to Wednesday, the guys were focused. He was paying attention to everything we do. And then they just came out here and played their heart out, man" said Booker T. Washington head coach LA O'Neal followingthe win over ACA
On their first possession, ACA quickly marched down the field, ending a 12-play drive with a 3-yard Davis Dare keeper from the Wildcat. The Patriots failed on the two-point attempt to make the game 6-0.
Booker T. Washington responded immediately, finding the endzone on a quarterback keeper by EJ Hall from four yards out in nine plays.
The Golden Eagles then converted a 2-point conversion, which got called back by an unsportsmanlike conduct on the Eagles. However, it didn't matter, as EJ Hall found Javis Floyd, who made a remarkable catch to give Booker T. Washington a lead, and they would never give it back.
With minimal action, the game then entered a stalemate for the rest of the first half. ACA did block a Booker T. Washington punt in the waning minutes of the half but failed to tack on any points after getting their field goal blocked by the Golden Eagles.
Going into the halftime break, the Patriots were on serious upset alert.
Returning from half, the Golden Eagles did nothing with the opening possession, fumbling the ball away to the Patriots in five plays.
A few plays later, the Golden Eagles' defense came up big. Quez Daniel picked off ACA quarterback Kai Young, returning it for six. The Booker T. Washington 2-point attempt was no good.
The bell was rung, and ACA would answer. Finding paydirt on a 38-yard Logan Morris touchdown run.
ACA went for two, getting it the first time, but an offensive holding call negated it. On their second attempt, which was incomplete and intended for Davis Dare, ACA admittedly should've earned an evident DPI call. But the Golden Eagles caught a break, making the score 14-12.
ACA would not score again.
The game would, once again, enter a stalemate.
Booker T. Washington broke the ice with an EJ Hall keeper, converting the following 2-point conversion to make the game 22-12—the final nail in the coffin for ACA's season.
ACA would have the ball again but couldn't do anything with it.
As the final seconds on the clock ticked down, the away side of Danny-Logan field was exuberant, filled with dancing, celebrating, and cheers. On the home side was silence, filled with bewilderment and shock. There was also a touch of sadness, whether it was the hopes of a playoff run washing away in front of their very eyes or seniors realizing that they took their last snaps as American Christian Academy Patriots, ACA was speechless.
Next week, the Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles (6-4) will travel to Roanoke to take on the Handley Tigers (10-1).
Booker T. Washington at American Christian Academy - 1st Round AHSAA Playoff
Gallery Credit: Simon Besnoy