Miles Beats Stillman in Overtime
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BIRMINGHAM | Needing one scoring play to win, the Miles College Golden Bears didn’t hesitate.
Senior quarterback Carlton Hill threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Breante Allen on the Bears’ first play in overtime, giving Miles a 35-29 victory over Stillman College in the Labor Day Golden Classic.
“The coaches said we were going to end it,” Allen said. “It ain’t no time to be babies. They told me to suck up my (ankle) injury, and I delivered for them. I was happy that they had that much faith in me.”
Allen ran a hitch-and-go pattern along the right sideline. Hill faked a throw, and Allen was able to run free to make the catch in the end zone.
“I lost the ball in the lights,” Allen said. “I just said, “God, please just let me catch it,’ and I caught it.”
Hill completed 19 of 29 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns.
Stillman, which rallied with two touchdowns in the second half, forced the overtime when senior defensive back Michael Ricks blocked a 42-yard field-goal attempt by Patton Chambers on the last play of regulation. Ricks recovered the football and tried to run. As he was tackled, Miles was penalized 15 yards for grabbing his face mask. Stillman got one play from mid-field, but quarterback Chris Mayabb was sacked.
“I’m sad, but then again I’m happy because our team played better than I thought we would play,” said Stillman coach L.C. Cole. “I hate to end it like that. I felt like we had a chance to do it, but we ended up having penalties and some mental errors. You’ve got some young guys that just don’t know how to fight their way through it.
“That’s what happened to us. We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Miles won the overtime coin toss and chose to play defense first. Stillman had a delay-of-game penalty, and Mayabb took a sack for a loss of 6 yards. The possession ended with Alejuandro Perez-Huerta missing on a 48-yard field-goal try.
“Winning the coin toss was the best thing that happened to us in the second half because we got to play defense first,” said Miles coach Billy Joe. “We came after them, hoping we could get a fumble or an interception. We got neither, but we gave them significant losses. That was the game right there. We knew we could score from the 25.”
Mayabb, a junior college transfer, made his Stillman debut by throwing four touchdown passes. He completed 20 of 44 attempts for 316 yards with three interceptions.
In the third quarter, Mayabb threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Damian Ford. Mayabb threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Ford with 9:32 left to play. Mayabb lined up as the holder for the conversion kick, but he rolled out and threw to tight end Louis Wright, who made the catch while getting knocked back into the field of play. The officials ruled the try was no good, but they huddled and allowed the two-point conversion that tied it at 29.
“We’ve got a young quarterback in there,” Cole said. “I’m disappointed, but we’ve got something to work with. We’ve seen our team come out and play well. Then we kind of fizzled a little bit. You’ve got to be consistent. You look at our quarterback situation, and we did some nice things. I think we’re better offensively than we were last year. We’ve just got to keep working at it. We’ve got to cut the mistakes down.”
Miles started the game by receiving the opening kickoff, but Stillman scored on its first offensive play after defensive lineman Jeremy Hall recovered a fumble. Mayabb threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Thomas Logan.
Ricks recovered a fumble, and the Tigers drove 88 yards in 12 plays. Mayabb capped the march with a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ronald Davis.
Jeromy Mardis returned the ensuing kickoff 59 yards to the Stillman 36. The Bears got their first touchdown on Hill’s 17-yard pass to Gerard Benton.
The Bears faced third-and-11 from their 9 on their next possession. Hill threw over the middle to Benton, who made the catch, broke a tackle attempt and sped 91 yards for a touchdown. Chambers’ extra-point kick tied it at 14.
Miles took the lead after Antonio Floyd intercepted a Mayabb pass and made a return to the Stillman 10. Three plays later, Hill threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Mardis.
Miles drove 77 yards in 11 plays for its last touchdown of the half. Jordan Lewis caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Hill, who threw to Ryan Garribay for a two-point conversion and a 29-14 lead.
Miles gained 80 yards rushing on 35 attempts. Lewis finished with 80 yards on 18 carries. Stillman was limited to minus 23 yards on 18 attempts.
Ford gained 111 receiving yards on eight catches. Davis gained 114 yards on seven receptions. Benton led Miles with six catches for 146 yards.
Miles improved to 1-1 overall and in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Stillman (0-1, 0-1) plays at home on Saturday, facing Tuskegee at 5 p.m.
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