ROME, NY — Facing an early deficit didn’t faze Rome Free Academy.
The Rome Free Academy Black Knights climbed out of a 26-0 hole and rallied to beat the Proctor Raiders 47-46 in overtime on Friday night at RFA Stadium. Over 7,000 fans were in attendance to witness a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
After two scores in the final minute made it 40-all, Rome Free Academy junior James Redpath lined up for the game-winning field goal as time expired but it was partially blocked. Then in overtime, sophomore back Brad Dougherty scored from 2-yards out to make it 47-46.
But Proctor responded with a 6-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Patrick Brady to junior receiver Landon Lang. However, Brady’s pass on a game-winning two-point conversion try was incomplete and the game was over.
Senior quarterback Angus Evans threw for 340 yards and accounted for five TDs and was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player. Dougherty added 102 yards and a score for the Black Knights.
Brady finished with 205 yards and four TDs, while senior back J’Von Evans had 166 yards and five scores for the Raiders.
Rome Free Academy had lost seven of the last 11 in the series, which is the oldest in New York as it dates back to 1891.
Rome Free Academy (2-1) is at Baker next Friday night, while Proctor (0-3) hosts Auburn the same night.
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