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Eleanor Roosevelt 23, Henry Wise 22 (9/18/11)

September 19, 2011

by David Shepard

It was homecoming at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, with a slight breeze, overcast skies, temperatures in the low 70s, and an anticipated crowd of nearly 5,000—and what a game they witnessed!

With 1:59 to go in the first quarter, James Warren of ERHS ran it in to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Raiders. The score remained that way until, with :19 seconds left in the first half, Henry Wise tied the score at 6-6 thanks to a rushing touchdown by standout Uriah Bethea.

The Raiders struck again in the third quarter on the legs of #22 Wayne Cummings. The two point conversion failed , making the score 12-6. The Pumas of Henry Wise High School refused to stop, and Uriah Bethea punched another one in for his second TD of the afternoon with 5 minutes left in the game. A successful two-point conversion made the game 20-14.

After holding the Raiders with their defense, the Pumas got the ball back and scored quickly on an end-around by Franklin Porter. After another two-point conversion Henry Wise pulled ahead 22-20. With only 1:45 left in the game, the Pumas had victory in sight but the Raiders were not ready to quit. ERHS ended up winning the game on a last second field goal. Final score: 23-22! An amazing finish to a classic Rivalry game!

 

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