Collage leads EF comeback
CLAYSVILLE — Elizabeth Forward didn’t take the easy road for its first win of the season on Friday.
However, the Warriors used two fourth-quarter scores to rally and beat McGuffey, 22-16, in a Class AAA-Big Seven Conference contest.
Down 16-7 in the third quarter, the Warriors (1-2, 1-4) scored on two touchdown passes from quarterback Steve Collage. The senior’s heroics came after a tough first half were he missed open receivers several times.
“We didn’t make things easy on ourselves and they were looking like they were thinking ‘Here we go again,'” EF coach Tony Ruscitto said of his team. ‘At halftime, we said, ‘They’re not beating you; you’re beating yourself’.’ They came out and played great ball and we finally hit that fade pattern.”
Ruscitto was referring to when Collage connected deep with Garrett Scales on a 77-yard score before hooking up with Dustin Pickering from 10 yards out for the eventual winning touchdown.
EF had a chance to wind the clock but fumbled to give the Highlanders a chance. The EF defense rose to the challenge and stuffed McGuffey on four straight plays.
“They were very, very excited and they earned this win as a team,” Ruscitto said. “We played defense in the fourth quarter and they couldn’t even move the ball.”