Mays senior quarterback B.J. Phillips led the Raiders to a 36-31 win at Peachtree Ridge on Friday. Mays trailed at one point 28-6.
The Mays Raiders mounted a furious comeback in enemy territory and shocked one of the top teams in Gwinnett County, Friday night.
Led by senior quarterback B.J. Phillips, the Raiders trailed at one point 28-6, but rallied for a 36-31 win at Peachtree Ridge in Suwanee. Phillips threw four touchdown passes – two to Amir Adur Rahman and one each to Norman Price and Kortez Daniel – and completed 22-of-36 passes for a total of 225 yards.
Midway through the fourth quarter Mays (1-1) trailed 31-21, but the defense stepped up and sacked the Peachtree Ridge quarterback in his own end zone for a safety to make the score 31-23. The Raiders took possession and Phillips threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Daniel to trim the Lions’ lead to 31-29, after Mays’ point after attempt failed. However, the Raider defense rose to the occasion again, and forced Peachtree Ridge to punt the ball back to Mays with a little under two minutes left in the game. Then, with just 13 seconds remaining, Raider running back Armis Stokes scored the winning touchdown from the 1-yard line.
“It shows how much character these guys have,” Mays interim head coach Niketa Battle told the Gwinnett Daily Post after the game. “We hadn’t been playing well on defense and we needed a spark in the second half to get us going.”
Here’s how the other APS teams faired over the weekend:
North Atlanta (1-1) evened its record this season with a 13-10 win over KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (1-1), Thursday night at Grady Stadium.
Douglass 35, South Atlanta 7
The Astros evened their record this season at 1-1, and evened the all-time series record against the Hornets (0-3) at 2-2.
The Lovett School 34, B.E.S.T. Academy 6
The Eagles (0-3) dropped their third consecutive game this season against a tough private school program.
Alexander (Douglas County) 31, Carver 26
The Panthers (2-1) comeback bid was thwarted with less than a minute left in the game on an interception by the Alexander defense.
East Coweta 49, Maynard Jackson 7
The Jaguars (0-2) held East Coweta to just 7 points in the second half but could not mount a comeback.
Salem 28, Therrell 20
The Panthers (1-2) lead early but could not hold on against the Seminoles.