It is very difficult to capture the sense of frustration of the players (in particular), the coaches and fans to have led this game for ¾ of the game only to see victory slip through the grasp of the Bears during the last twelve minutes. Very disappointing first IAC game.

This is an Episcopal High School team designed to build to beat their hundred year plus arch rival Woodberry Forest, which based on recent games with the Bears, is loaded with top flight Division I recruits. The Maroon has a lot of depth, size and talent. Unfortunately, Landon was missing two defensive starters from the beginning and then one of their starting D linemen. That deficit impacted the visitors in the 2nd half.

Landon received the opening kickoff and took the ball 76 yards with Josh Hunter, Colton Rupp and Johari Johnson moving the line of scrimmage on the ground. Johari ran the last 61 in a sprint for a touchdown and a Cameron Drooz successful PAT made it Bears 7 Maroon 0 @ 10:15.

The High School responded with a 15 play series drive, six passes were part of their offense. A 2 yard run put the ball over the goal line and a successful PAT at 5:15 made the score Bears 7 Maroon 7

Landon marched down the field in nine plays all on the ground with the Josh, Colton, Julius Kindfuller and Robbie rushing the ball. #2 ran the last 8 yards for a TD and Cameron converted the PAT @1:15 Bears 14 Maroon 7

An EHS “three and out” rolled the clock into the 2nd Quarter


The visitors drove 44 yards, but lost the ball on a turnover, but the Landon D forced another three and out.

Taking the ball on the EHS 20 yard line, 5 runs and a Robbie to Johari 27 yard pass combined for the Bears third TD with Josh bulling over the Maroon D for the last four yards @5:07; a Drooz kick made it Bears 21 Maroon 7

The last home drive of the period fell short and the visitors tried to cover 73 yards in 3:47 and moved 42 of the total needed, but a pass to the EHS 2 yard line was intercepted. One play and the clock signaled that it was halftime.



EHS got the next kickoff and was able to advance the ball 37 yards where the Bears stopped a fourth down attempt. The High School D must have made some adjustments; so Landon’s O did not move as effectively. EHS gained some momentum from that success and marched for a TD 7 plays Bears 21 Maroon 14

An Adkins to Johnson pass got the Landon O moving, but eventually the visitors punted. The EHS punt returner fumbled the ball and Andrew Fowler recovered the ball. That extended the Bears’ possession another five plays and into the 4th quarter


On successive drives, the Visitors’ D stifled the Home O and then the reverse occurred. The next Maroon possession came to a momentous 4th and 10, the EHS QB lofted a long pass which was targeted for his tall receiver high above the Landon DB. One running play tied the score at 21-21 at 5:25.

Landon was unable to respond and after a punt, the same high ball throw advanced the Maroon to near their goal line. Two plays later, EHS scored and on the conversion play, the snap was fumbled and the holder was able, according to the referee, to score a 2 point conversion. Maroon 29 Bears 21

The Bears were unable to respond and the game ended with the EHS team trying to score.



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