This picture was taken after I started my first varsity football game at quarterback. I am posing with Marquise Scott. He is a postgraduate running back and one of the leaders of the football team. He inspires me to work hard and to be a leader on and off the field. We took this picture after our overtime win against Tilton on September 19, 2015. The game was one that I hope I will remember for the rest of my life.
We went back and forth with Tilton the whole game. As a team, we overcame adversity and worked hard the whole time. As the quarterback, I had to mature quickly, and become a leader. I led the team in the huddle and on the sideline. I worked to keep the team motivated and focused on the game. On the field, our team had a lot of success. The line blocked well, I threw the ball with accuracy, and the running backs hit their holes with force. It was late in the fourth quarter and we were up 6 points. Coach called a pass play and I threw an interception. I had shake it off and move on. I turned my focus on supporting the defense. Tilton scored a touchdown to tie the game with two minutes left. Our defense came up clutch and stopped their extra point try to sustain a tie game. We got the ball back and drove down the field. We tried to kick a game winning field goal with 5 seconds left, but we did not set up correctly, and got hit with a costly penalty.
After talking it over, the coaches decided to throw the ball for the win. I took the snap, looked right and saw Ryan Boucher open and running down the sideline near the end zone. I wound up, and let the ball go. As time ran out, the ball soared in the air. Ryan caught it! I bolted towards Ryan with my arms up to celebrate our win. I could not believe that the play worked. I thought about what it would be like telling this story the following week.
Then the referee broke my heart. He said that Ryan was brought down just before the goal line, and the game was going to overtime. It was a challenge to reset my mind. I did my best to stay upbeat and keep the team going for overtime. We started overtime on offense. On the second play, Marquise ran the ball into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. Now it was time for our defense to step up. At this point, I was extremely pumped up. I was yelling from the sideline, and rooting for our defense. We stopped them on fourth down and won the game!
My body was filled with joy as I stormed the field with the rest of my team to celebrate. It was one of the best feelings I have ever had. Every time I look at that picture, it reminds me of the fight we had in us, and how amazing it felt after a thrilling overtime win.