When the call came for the field goal unit in the final seconds of Perry Hall’s season-finale against Hereford, John Myers didn’t hesitate to attempt a 50-yarder even though he had aggravated a nagging groin injury on an extra point earlier in the game.
As soon as he kicked it, however, Myers felt pretty good.
“Pretty much a soon as I kicked it, I knew it was going to be good,” the senior said. “I wasn’t really thinking about [the injury]. I guess it was the adrenaline.”
The ball soared between the goal posts with about 5 yards to spare as time expired, giving the Gators a 31-28 upset victory over Hereford in Friday night’s season finale at Perry Hall.
“This was the most amazing comeback and ending I have been a part of in 17 years,” Gators coach Keith Robinson said. “A 50-yarder at the high school level with that kind of pressure to win the game -- unbelievable.”
Not only did the kick win the game, but it also gave the Gators their first win over the Bulls in four years.
“I knew I could kick that far, but I never thought I would get a chance to kick it in a game,” Myers said. “To kick one in a game at all – and to beat Hereford in my last senior game – it felt pretty good. If we had lost that, it would have been four in a row (losing to Hereford).”
Myers is hoping to play in college and Robinson said he could play at the Football Championship Subdivision level. In practice, he's hit a 55-yard field goal and he has kicked a couple of 60-yard attempts off the cross bar. Earlier this season, he hit a 37-yarder against Milford Mill.
He has the grades (3.6 GPA at the end of last season) and the work ethic, Robinson said. Myers also doubles as linebacker with more than 100 tackles this season.
The game-winning field goal was just one element in a furious comeback for the Gators Friday night.
With two minutes left, they took a 28-21 lead when Eric Latham broke a 97-yard scoring run, but they got in a bit of trouble when Myers’ back-up slipped on the ensuing the kickoff and the Bulls started their drive on the 50-yard line. Hereford quarterback Ryan Jones eventually scored on a short run to tie the game with 35 seconds to go.
The Gators began their final drive on their own 40, but the combination of a Perry Hall pass play and a Hereford penalty for having 12 men on the field quickly moved the ball all the way to the Bulls’ 33. The Gators ran one more play for no gain and with four seconds to go, Myers nailed the game-winner.
Myers also hit three extra points earlier in the game, the first time he had kicked in three weeks although he had been playing at linebacker. Against Hereford, he also had nine solo tackles and 12 assisted tackles. Teammate Latham, a senior running back, rushed for 180 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns against the Bulls.
Unfortunately for the Gators (6-4), the win was not enough to clinch a berth in the Class 4A North regional playoffs, so their season came to an end, but it will be a memorable end nonetheless to the football careers of Myers, Latham and the rest of the senior class.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun