By JOHN LUCAS
For The Record
Erwin rallied to win a 24-21 thriller over Angier in the Midget League football championship Thursday to cap an unbeaten season.
Javon Cowan ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and completed a 13-yard pass to lead Erwin.
Develyn Johnson ran for 57 yards on four carries and had a 13-yard reception. Davion Carroll ran for a 6-yard touchdown.
Angier was led by Jaequan Plummer, who ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, was 2-of-3 passing for 3 yards and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Jacob Penner ran for 48 yards on four carries. Jacob Jeffries ran for 13 yards on five carries. Elijah Williams ran for 9 yards on 10 carries.
Angier drove deep into Erwin territory to start the game, but Erwin’s defense stopped them on fourth down at the 5-yard line. But one play later, Plummer recovered a fumble in the end zone to put Angier on the board first. The conversion attempt was no good.
Midway through the second quarter, Jamal Shaw recovered a fumble for Erwin that led to Carroll scoring on a 6-yard run to tie the game. The conversion attempt was no good.
On the ensuing drive, after a 28-yard Penner run put Angier in the red zone, Plummer initially dropped a low snap, but picked it up and ran for a 15-yard score. Jeffries ran for the two-point conversion and Angier led 14-6 at the half.
Cowan returned the opening kickoff of the second half 60 yards for a touchdown, but Angier stopped the conversion attempt to hold on to the lead.
Midway through the third, Plummer ran for a 36-yard touchdown and then ran for the extra point to extend the lead to 21-12.
Erwin scored late in the third on a 4-yard Cowan run to make it a one-score game. The conversion attempt was no good.
Erwin Makes Clutch Play
Late in the fourth, a holding penalty and a stop in the backfield had Erwin facing third and 29 at its own 10-yard line. Cowan completed a 13-yard pass to Johnson to make it fourth and 16 at the 23, making the next play do-or-die for Erwin.
Cowan came through for Erwin in the critical situation, scoring on a 57-yard run to give Erwin the lead for the first time all night. The conversion attempt was no good.
Erwin’s defense held on the ensuing drive to secure the championship.
Javon Cowan breaks free for the deciding touchdown for the Erwin Midget football team.
Daily Record Photo/John Lucas