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Mastery Downs Roxborough With Late Touchdown Drive // @MasteryFootball (Gallery included) @HudaifahPatton

Written by: on Friday, April 23rd, 2021

 

Late in the 4th quarter on a Friday afternoon in northwest Philadelphia, the Roxborough Indians seemed on the verge of its first win of the season. Leading 12-8 with less than a minute left in the game, the Indians only needed a stop on 4th and 4 to put a tally in the victory column. 

But Mastery quarterback Jahmik Eaddy had other ideas. On 4th down, he connected on a short crossing route to give the Pumas just enough yardage for the first down. On the next play, he aired it out to Hudaifah Patton for a 33-yard touchdown strike giving Mastery a 16-12 after a successful two-point conversion with 30 seconds left in the game. 

“I had trust in my receivers,” Eaddy said. “I saw him get open, and I just threw it up.”

Patton chimed in about how he got separation from the Roxborough defender. “It was a hitch route, and I was able to get behind him.”

A Roxborough fumble on the next play iced the game for the Pumas. 

But how did it get to this point?

Early in the game, both teams struggled to gain footing offensively. Both Roxborough and Mastery struggled with procedural penalties and ball control, trading several fumbles and turnovers on downs. 

Mastery Coach John Davidson said it was a mix of factors that led to the slow offensive start. “Youth, not having a preseason camp, games canceled because of COVID,” Davidson explained. “So we had some trouble keeping it sharp early on.” 

It was on one of Mastery’s fumbles in which Roxborough took advantage. After a snap that flew over the quarterback’s head, Indian defender Nasair English snatched the football up, returning it 83 yards and a 6-0 lead, which Roxborough rode into the half.   

In fact, Mastery wouldn’t put points on the scoreboard until late in the 3rd quarter on a 20-yard catch and powerful run by Makhi Bouie. After a successful 2-point conversion, the Pumas took an 8-6 lead into the fourth. 

Both teams traded multiple possessions without much movement until the Roxborough quarterback Josh Corbin put the game on his shoulders. He took it on himself to move the ball on his own with multiple quarterback keeps and scrambles before punching it in for a touchdown and the brief 12-8 Indian’s lead. 

The rest of the story was written by the Mastery heroics by Eaddy and Patton.

Mastery ends the season with a record of 2-2. Roxborough ends its season 0-5.

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