Coming into Friday's game, Drew Kirby and his teammates, especially the seniors, wanted nothing more than to get a win in the last game they would ever play at Crawford Field.
So when Kirby crossed the goal line in overtime on his 4-yard touchdown run, he gave his teammates a gift that they have been waiting for all year.
Kirby rushed for 130 yards and also caught a scoring pass as St. Albans won its first game of the year by defeating Ripley 20-14 on Senior Night.
"I'm so excited that we could finally pull through with a win," Kirby said with a huge smile. "I'm just glad that we have something positive going on. It seems like all year we have had to deal with negative things. Today, we were finally able to play a full game.
"This game was a must-have. We just had to reach down and get some heart to win it. I wanted to win this game more than anything.''
Kirby also scored on a 20-yard pass from Noah Reed.
Before Friday's victory, it had been a while since Kirby experienced a win. SA (1-7) came into the game on a 10-game losing streak, dating back to Oct. 7 last year when it defeated Princeton 20-6.
"I have won seven games in four years," Kirby said. "I want to win three games this year. I think we can do it because [coach] Steve Stoffel Jr. is an awesome coach. I think he is going to make SA a great program. It's exciting to play under him because he is always so positive."
A flattered Stoffel was just as high on his running back.
"Drew [Kirby] has been a horse for us all year," Stoffel said. "We rely heavily on him to carry the football. The young man stepped up to the plate and made big play after big play when we needed it. He has been doing this all year, but tonight is the night it paid off for everyone in the locker room."