Southeast “Topps” Southern in Wild Finish

Southeast Guilford quarterback Terrance Topps connected with Kir Turner on a 34 yard touchdown pass with 1:21 left in the game to lead the Falcons to a wild 21-14 win over Southern Guilford.

Things started off well for Southeast who scored on the game’s opening drive when Tivon Clark ripped off a 64 yard touchdown run. Southern would take advantage of a turnover which gave the Storm great field position leading them to their first score of the game, a 2 yard touchdown run by Scottie Wayne. The PAT was blocked and Southeast held a one point advantage that, after a scoreless second quarter, the Falcons would take to the locker room.

In the second half, things started off badly for Southern as Southeast recovered a Scottie Wayne fumble and took over on the Storm’s 29 yard line. On this drive, the Falcons overcame a number of penalities when Topps found Tyrell Anderson whose juggling catch in the end zone gave Southeast a 14-6 lead.

This contest was far from over. Southern would pull within two points, early in the fourth quarter on a 1 yard run by quarterback Darren Garcia. The Storm’s drive appeared to stall on the Southeast 23 yard line but a pass interference penalty on the fourth down pass play gave Southern new life at the Southeast 11 yard line. The Storm went for two and cashed in when Al Yeboah found Darius Jefferson in the back corner of the end zone to tie the score with just over 9 minutes to play in the game.

After trading possessions, Southeast took over in the game’s final minutes and drove to the Southern 34 yard line where the Falcons faced a 4th and long with just over a minute and a half left. Just as the game looked headed for overtime, Topps’ scrambling ability took over. Facing a heavy rush, Topps ran from sideline to sideline, in what can only be described as a Michael Vick-like effort, looking for an open receiver. Spotting Turner in the end zone, Topps flung the ball in his direction and the receiver hauled it in for the game winning score.