Jerome Owens of No. 8 Eastern Tech rushed for 125 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns yesterday. It almost wasn't enough.
The defense of the visiting Mavericks (2-0) had to withstand intense fourth-quarter pressure by Woodlawn quarterback Vincent Fuller to survive with a hard-fought 19-12 win.
Fuller completed 14 of 29 passes for 103 yards, and rushed for 42 more yards to lead the Warriors (0-2).
The game was the conclusion of Thursday's game, which was stopped due to lightning with 47 seconds left in the first half. Eastern led 7-0 at that point.
"We're not the team we need to be yet," said Eastern coach Bruce Strunk. "We lost our composure at times, but we showed a lot of heart in the end," he said.
With Woodlawn pinned deep in its own end, the Warriors botched a punt and gave Eastern a first-and-goal on the Woodlawn 5. Owens wasted no time, scoring on the next play to give Eastern a comfortable 19-6 lead.
Then it was Fuller's turn. The quarterback was four of five passing, and rushed for 10 yards in the series before Phillip Mellerson scored on an option from eight yards out to cut the lead to 19-12 with 5: 12 left.
The Warriors got the ball back seven plays later with 2: 11 left and drove from their 16 to the Eastern 40-yard line before the Mavericks' defense tightened and time expired.
For Woodlawn, the loss was especially tough. It marks the second straight week the Warriors had the ball in the final two minutes, and have failed to win.
"As a team, we've got to learn to finish," said Woodlawn coach Reggie White. "Our special teams killed us today, and we'll address that," he said.
Pub Date: 9/14/99