QB Adam Johnson helps John I. Leonard rally past Wellington 24-14
Friday, September 16, 2011
by Jodie Wagner
Adam Johnson threw three touchdown passes, and John I. Leonard rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Wellington 24-14 on Friday night.
The Lancers (3-0) trailed 14-7 entering the final quarter but scored 17 points in six minutes on Johnson's 53-yard touchdown pass to Nesly Ovincy, a 35-yard field goal by Danny Zamorano and Johnson's 24-yard touchdown to Jerry Jones.
John I. Leonard's defense held the Wolverines (2-1) on their final four drives to secure the win.
"The thing that I admire the most is the boys never quit," Lancers coach Wayne Monroe said. "It's a big difference from years past. We're just learning how to win. Tonight we had that philosophy of, 'We're down, but we're never out.' "
Wellington got off to a quick start, scoring its first touchdown midway through the first quarter on Grant Smallridge's 1-yard run. The touchdown followed a fumble recovery by Smallridge on the second play of the game.
The Lancers evened the score with 13 seconds remaining in the quarter on Jones' 28-yard touchdown catch.
The Wolverines went up 14-7 on Andy LeMay's 36-yard run early in the second quarter, and they took the lead into halftime.
The teams played a scoreless third quarter before John I. Leonard rallied in the fourth.
Ovincy's touchdown catch came on the first play of the final quarter and capped a five-play, 74-yard drive.
Zamorano's field goal at 7:59 followed La'Monte Calloway's interception. The Lancers put the game away on Jones' second touchdown reception with 5:44 remaining in the game.
Johnson finished 17-of-28 for 232 yards and three touchdowns, and Ovincy had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. Jones added 88 yards receiving and two touchdowns on five catches.
Smallridge led the Wolverines with 67 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.