Jackets do it again

 

By GRAHAM WILLIAMS
Managing Editor - Union Daily Times

For the second week in a row, Union knocked off a Big 16 football powerhouse, beating Dorman, 27-21, in overtime Friday night. But as the standing-room only crowd poured onto the field to congratulate the Yellow Jacket players and coaches, Tommy Bobo's thoughts were elsewhere.

Matt Abee, a junior offensive lineman, was knocked unconscious by a Dorman blocker during a punt return early in the game and was carried off the field on a stretcher. After the game was over, Bobo learned that Abee was being kept overnight at Wallace Thomson Hospital for observation.

"As exciting as this game was, I'm more excited to hear that Matt's doing well," he said. "We need to keep him in our prayers." A lot of prayers were answered earlier when Mychal Belcher's fourth-down pass was knocked away by a Union defender to seal the victory.

The Yellow Jackets never gave up against the Cavaliers, the number 2 ranked 4-A team in South Carolina. Every time Dorman scored a touchdown, Union answered, forcing the game into overtime with the score tied at 21-21.

In the extra period, Dontee' Stewart caught a 5-yard-scoring pass from quarterback Steven Brewington to give Union its first lead, 27-21, but David Gregory's point-after kick was blocked, giving Dorman a chance to escape with a win.

Union's defensive line, which pressured Belcher all night, didn't let up in overtime. On third down at Union's 8-yard-line, Belcher threw a screen pass to wide receiver Chad Peake, but Jamar Porter was there to stop the play for a four-yard loss.

After leaving the game with a shoulder injury in the first half, Belcher returned to action in the third quarter and riddled Union's
defense for 176 yards while completing nine of 21 passes. One was a 53-yard catch and run by Michael McCravy that gave Dorman a 14-7 lead in the third quarter. But he also threw three interceptions, including one by Lafayette Dawkins which set up Union's tying score in the fourth quarter.

With the game's momentum now on Union's side, Brewington threw a 53-yard bomb to L.J. Dye, who caught the ball over his shoulder and sprinted into the end zone. Gregory's kick knotted the score at 14. Dorman regained the lead on its next possession, when the Cavaliers drove 54 yards in six plays, capped by Belcher's 12-yard scoring run around his left end with 5:10 remaining in regulation.

Union responded by going 54 yards in eight plays, including a 14-yard pass from Brewington to Mikey Callahan, who managed to hold onto the ball despite a vicious hit as he caught it. Neal broke through the defense for 16 yards and another first down at the Dorman 11. Two plays later he burst up the middle for four yards to tie the score at 21.

Dorman attempted to pull out the win in the final minute, but Jonathan Means' interception with five seconds left in regulation
sent the game into overtime. Union's schedule doesn't get any easier - the Yellow Jackets entertain arch-rival Gaffney next Friday.

Union     0  7  0  14  7 - 27
Dorman  7  0  7   7  0  - 21

DORMAN - Peake 15 pass from Reeder (King kick)
UNION - Stewart 10 pass from Brewington (Gregory kick)
DORMAN - McCravy 53 pass from Belcher (King kick)
UNION - Dye 53 pass from Brewington (Gregory kick)
DORMAN - Belcher 12 run (King kick)
UNION - Neal 4 run (Gregory kick)
UNION - Stewart 5 pass from Brewington (kick blocked)

First downs - Union 15, Dorman 9
Yards rushing - Union 151, Dorman 36
Yards passing - Union 139, Dorman 217
Passing, A-C-I - Union 15-29-1, Dorman 13-29-4
Penalties - Union 10-77, Dorman 8-60

Individual statistics
Rushing - Sims (U) 10-58, Smith (U) 9-44, Neal (U) 9-63; Lambka (D) 5-35
Passing - Brewington (U) 8-13-0, 88 yards; Willis (U) 7-16-1, 51
yards; Reeder (D) 2-3-0, 16 yards, Belcher, (D) 11-25-4, 201 yards.
Receiving - Stewart (U) 3-22, Callahan (U) 1-14, Dye (U) 1-53, Glenn
(U) 5-44; Giles (D) 2-65, McCravy (D) 4-114.