GLENHAYES, W.Va. -- Through the first three weeks of the season, the Tolsia Rebels have been the recipient of multiple bad breaks. On Friday, the Rebels received enough good fortune for an entire season in a little over 60 seconds.
A 12-point flourish of points in the final minute lifted the Rebels to a 24-20 win over Herbert Hoover.
The rally started when Blake Rose connected with Dawson Presley on a skinny post route for a 52-yard score with 55 seconds left to cut Herbert Hoover's lead to 20-18. However, Brandon Ward's run attempt on the 2-point conversion failed and the Huskies (1-3) preserved the lead.
The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Tolsia, though, at the Husky 44-yard line. Hoover's defense stiffened to force a fourth-and-7 from the 42 just three plays later. However, Rose connected with Presley once more on a skinny post for a 40-yard pickup to set the Rebels up at the 4.
Two plays later, Rose inadvertently found Nathan Marshall for the go-ahead score from 2 yards out for Tolsia (1-3).
Rose initially threw to Ward on a stop route, but the ball bounced off Ward's chest and floated into Marshall's waiting arms for the deciding score. The score was Rose's second TD pass to Marshall, as the pair connected for a 74-yard score on the Rebels' opening possession.
Third-year Rebel coach Mike Smith cited his young team's perseverance as a contributing factor in the win.
"We had every opportunity to give up, but they didn't," Smith said. "We got some luck, but you can't say enough about the effort. We're smaller and younger than they are, but I'm as proud as can be of these guys."
Hoover had one last gasp attempt to retake the lead, but Shaun Dotson was stopped after a 25-yard reception from Tyler Americo at the Rebel 35 to end the game.
Dotson proved to be the primary catalyst for the Husky offense, rushing for a game-high 166 yards on 24 carries. The run-heavy Husky offense established control for much of the game by executing the triple option out of the I-formation, with a heavy dose of Dotson.
The Huskies reeled off 20 unanswered in the second and third quarters to build a 20-12 prior to the Tolsia rally.