Leesburg, VA (October 10, 2014) – In a thrilling, come from behind victory, the Dominion Titans staged a fourth quarter rally, scoring 21 unanswered points, to defeat the Loudoun County Raiders 28-21 last night at Dominion’s home field.
Loudoun and Dominion traded the first two scores, with the Raiders striking first in the second quarter on 18 play 93 yard drive that culminated in a TD by Tae Crews-Naylor on two yard run. Dominion answered on the ensuing drive with their own 12 play 71 yard drive that tied the score 7-7 on a 5 yard TD plunge by Taiek Washington. The Raider’s then answered that call and took the lead 13-7 on the next possession, with a 10 play 71 yard drive. Crews-Newton capped off the drive with 35 yard pass to Atonio Jackson for the score. The extra point was missed, but it wouldn’t be a factor in the game.
After the half, the Raiders came out and tried to established control of the game. The Raiders kicked off to Dominion to start the second half and forced a punt after a 3 and out possession. The Raiders then started with the ball on their own 38 yard line and drove the ball to the Titan’s 3 yard line, but Crews-Naylor ended the drive when he threw an interception to Tucker Strychar. After one running play, Scotty Forbes, QB of the Titans, then returned the favor and threw an interception to Jake Frye and the Raiders were able to re-establish possession at the Raider 44 yard line. However, on the next play, raider running back John Jackson ran for 15 yards but lost the ball. It was recovered by Chad Smith. At this point in the third quarter, there had been four second half possessions that ended punt-int-int-fumble.
The Raider’s were finally able to take control of the game when they started a drive on their own 40 yard line after a poor Titan punt of only 12 yards. The Raider’s topped off a balanced 11 play 60 yard drive with a 2 yard run by Crew-Naylor to take the score to 19-7. The raiders then completed the two-point conversion with a 3 yard rush by Anonio Jackson and had a commanding 21-7 lead.
Scotty Forbes, Titan QB, then brought some life into his team by completing a 55 yard bomb on the first play of the next possession to Chad Smith. The Titans were then able to drive the ball to the Loudoun County 16 yard line, but the drive, stalled. Things weren’t looking too good for Dominion’s Home Coming Dance which is being held the tonight.
But after the Raiders went three and out on their next possession, the Titan’s got busy. Forbe’s first pass fell incomplete, but the Raider’s were called for pass interference, moving the ball to the Raider’s 34 yard line. Forbe’s then scampered for a 7 yard dash and followed with a 27 yard touch down pass to Chad Smith, reducing the Raider’s lead to 21-13, after the extra point was missed.
The Raider’s next drive then stalled not too far from where it started, on it’s own 34 yard line. Then Coach Hill, presumably fearing his own 12 yard punt, decided to advance the ball via 73 yard field goal attempt instead. That decision didn’t work out too well as the Titan’s blocked the kick and scored a defensive touchdown. After the two-point conversion, the game was tied at 21. After that play, the night was over for the Raider’s and the Titans could breath a little easier knowing their Homecoming Dance wouldn’t be spoiled.
On the net possession, Raider’s QB Tae Crews-Naylor threw a pass that was picked off by Joseph Betts , Dominion then threw two incomplete passes, but Forbe’s then connected with Luke Thompson on a 25 yard pass to seal the victory 28-21.