NORFOLK — Desmond Savage evaded three Granby pass rushers and fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Koufie with no time remaining to vault Kecoughtan past the Comets 25-22 Friday night at Powhatan Field.
With the clock running on a fourth-and-9 play, the Warriors' sophomore quarterback rolled to his right and twisted free of his pursuers before sprinting back to his left and finding Savage in the back of the end zone.
"I've never seen anyone scramble like Desmond," Koufie said. "So when I saw him take off, I just ran into the end zone and started waving my hand, and Desmond launched it. He's got a rocket."
The Comet defenders collapsed to the turf as the Warriors celebrated. Granby fans briefly held out hope for a reversal when they noticed a penalty flag on the field. But the infraction was for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play.
Granby had forged ahead 22-19 midway through the fourth quarter when quarterback William Smith ran 28 yards for a TD on a fourth-and-2 play. Smith ran for all three of the Comets' TDs,
Kecoughtan's Ja'cione Fugate, a Booker T. Washington transfer, celebrated his return to Norfolk with TD runs of 14 and 16 yards in the second half. Koufie also scored on a 2-yard run in addition to his game-winner.
Koufie's first touchdown came two plays after Warriors defensive lineman Wallace Dumas' strip-sack of Smith. Kecoughtan's Brian Lipscomb recovered and rumbled down to the Granby 15.
It was one of four first-half drives in which the Warriors snapped the ball inside the Granby 20. But two series ended on missed field goals (35 and 28 yards), and another was foiled on downs after consecutive sacks.
KECOUGHTAN 25, GRANBY 22
Kecoughtan 6 0 7 12 -- 25
Granby 0 7 7 8 -- 22
Kec: Koufie 2 run (kick failed) 1:30
Gra: Smith 4 run (Platt kick) 2:07
Kec: Fugate 16 run (Thomas kick) 8:57
Gra: Smith 9 run (Platt kick) 2:30
Kec: Fugate 14 run (kick failed) 10:02
Gra: Smith 28 run (Brown pass from Smith) 7:01
Kec: Koufie 27 pass from Savage (run failed) 0:00
First downs 14; 15
Rushes-yards 37-127; 44-162
Passing yards 163; 0
Comp-Att-Int 12-17-0; 1-3-0
Penalties-yards 7-69; 6-38
Punts-avg. 2-30; 3-35
Fumbles-lost 2-0; 2-2