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Burlington City Avoids Overtime With Last Minute Score

Saturday, November 8, 2003

By Jason Brown
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was one of those games that for mostly the entire game, neither team could execute the perfect play springing that player for a touchdown. In a game that the defense were the ones celebrating their play, it would be the offense that would be left out in the cold. The Warriors from New Egypt had the slight edge against host Burlington City having their chance to put points on the board, but sometimes the home field does have its advantages. With the final quarter clock ticking down under two minutes to play, runningback Greg Hodgson broke the scoreless tie with his 44-yard touchdown run giving the Blue Devils the win.

Early in this Burlington/Olympic Freedom Division game, the Warriors move the football all the way down the field inside the 5-yard line. Sticking with the play that got them there, New Egypt failed to punch the ball across the goal line on a fourth down play. The Warriors would not have another opportunity like that again. The Blue Devils did not do any better and both teams were left scratching their heads knowing that this game could be won with just one big play. As Hodgson broke through the interior defense of the Warriors, the secondary was the only obstacle standing in his way. Burlington City would add a successful two-point pass completion.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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