By Rick Lanier
For the Opelika Observer
Beauregard’s homecoming crowd had not settled into their seats when quarterback Q. Seroyer rolled to his left and delivered a 45-yard laser to Antavious Martin streaking down the left sideline for a score.
Consisting of three plays, the drive covered 80 yards in just under four minutes, a sign of things to come.
The Knights answered by taking the ensuing kickoff and putting together an impressive seven-play, 56-yard drive of their own, capped off with a 46-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:02 remaining in the first quarter.
On the Hornet’s next possession, Seroyer connected with Isaiah McKissic on a 13-yard pass play for another score, completing a nine play, 67-yard drive to take the lead 14-7. After a Knight’s turnover, Seroyer cashed in with his third touchdown of the night, scampering three yards for the score to put the Hornets up 21-7 early in the second quarter.
The Knights did not panic. Instead, they scored quickly on their next possession with a 70 yard run down the left sideline for a score, and then, after a Hornet three and out, they marched to another touchdown to even the score at 21-21 as the half expired.
During the halftime’s homecoming festivities, Beauregard senior Symone Carlton was named the homecoming queen.
After trading possessions to start the second half, Montgomery Catholic scored on a four-yard pass play to take the lead 28-21 late in the third quarter.
After another series of back-and-forth unsuccessful drives, the Hornets finally broke through and scored late in the fourth quarter with Seroyer punching it in from two yards out, but he suffered an injured on the play.
With the Hornets trailing 28-27 and 3:46 remaining in the game, Coach Rob Carter made the decision to go for the two-point conversion with senior quarterback Sam Harris at the helm. Harris took the snap, felt the pressure and rolled to his right to evade a Knight defender, and found a leaping Isaiah McKissic in the back corner of the end-zone to make the score 29-28.
The Knights had one more chance. An eight-yard run, then another, then a screen pass, and another run, and a quick timeout helped set up a game-winning 21-yard field goal attempt with just three seconds remaining. The snap was good, the hold was down, but the kick sailed wide right, with the Hornets winning a 29-28 thriller.
“We knew they (Montgomery Catholic) were a good football team, and we knew the game was going to come down to the fourth quarter. I’m just so proud of our guys, we never gave up, and that says a lot about them,” Carter said. “I had made up my mind to try and win the game by going for two, and the players made it happen. What a great win for our football team.”
Beauregard’s next game will be at home v. Greenville Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. C.S.T.