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Knights Clinch!

UL’s 41-40 double overtime victory secures first playoff berth since 2012

First Posted: 11:55 am - October 27th, 2015

By Wes McCard - wmccard@civitasmedia.com



Wes McCard/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee junior kicker Rich Stewart booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Knights into overtime. The Knights defeated the Huskies 41-40 in double overtime, clinching a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Wes McCard/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee’s Raekwon King (No. 33) hauls in his first of two interceptions as Zakarriyan Walker (No. 26) looks on. King also had an interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
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Upson Lee Knights vs. Howard Huskies Stats

Individual Stats

Rushing-

Quay Reviere: 19 att, 64 yards, 3 TD

Wyquavious Battle: 9 att, 53 yards

Markevious Robinson: 7 att, 14 yards

Kalen Puckett: 5 att, -8 yards

Passing-

Kalen Puckett: 18 att, 10 comp, 162 yards, TD, 2 INT

Receiving-

Wyquavious Battle: 5 rec, 75 yards

Quay Reviere: 2 rec, 49 yards

Karl Drake: 1 rec, 20 yards

Kendarious Traylor: 1 rec, 16 yards

Mikey Smith: 1 rec, 2 yards

Punting-

Kalen Puckett: 5 punts, 203 yards, 40.6 avg, long of 47

Team Stats

1st Downs- UL 12, HHS 24

Rushes- UL 40, HHS 39

Rushing Yards- UL 123, HHS 245

Pass Attempts- UL 18, HHS 31

Pass Completions- UL 10, HHS 13

Int Thrown- UL 2, HHS 5

Passing yards- UL 162, HHS 166

Total Offense- UL 285, HHS 411

Total Punts- UL 5, HHS 3

Punting Yards- UL 203, HHS 101

Punt Avg- UL 40.6, HHS 33.7

Penalties- UL 10, HHS 10

Penalty Yards- UL 105, HHS 64

Turnovers- UL 2, HHS 5

Red Zone Poss- UL 4, HHS 5

Red Zone Scores- UL 4, HHS 5

3rd Downs- UL 14, HHS 12

3rd Downs Converted- UL 6, HHS 5

Touchdowns- UL 5, HHS 6

Score- UL 41, HHS 40

Did You Know???

- Upson Lee’s all-time record vs Howard is now 2-0

- Upson Lee’s all-time record in overtime games is now 6-2

- Upson Lee’s 5 interceptions is a new single-game record (4 vs Henry Co- 2005 & Harris Co- 2011)

- Howard’s 40 points is the most ever allowed by Upson Lee in a victory

- Upson Lee is now 38-0 when scoring 40+ points

- Howard out-gained Upson Lee 411-285 in total yards

- Rich Stewart’s 2 field goals gives him 6 for the season, which is tied for 2nd best in UL history

- Rich Stewart’s first field goal came on the last play of the first half, and second field goal came on the last play of regulation

- Quay Reviere’s 64 yards now give him 1,042 yards rushing for the season

- Quay Reviere’s 4 total touchdowns tie the UL single-game record and his 26 points also tie the UL single-game record

- This is the third game of the season in which UL had 10+ penalties

- Howard’s Antonio Jones had 126 yards rushing on 19 carries, and Courvosier King had 117 yards rushing on 18 carries

- Howard’s Courvosier King had 166 yards passing, completing 13 of 31 passes, and throwing 5 interceptions

* Did You Know??? courtesy of Jim Fowler

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Emotions ran wild Friday night at Matthews Field. After a rather dominating first half of football for the Upson Lee Knights, the visiting Huskies from Howard High School came roaring back to score 27 unanswered points, taking a 27-24 victory with just 35 seconds left in the game.

However, Upson Lee’s junior kicker Rich Stewart booted a 37-yard field goal to tie the game as time expired, sending the crowd into a frenzy, and the Knights into overtime. After each team scored and missed a PAT kick in the first overtime, Howard would score once again in the second overtime. The Huskies made their PAT kick this time and took a 40-33 lead. Upson Lee’s Quay Reviere scored his fourth touchdown of the game to bring the Knights to within one point, trailing 40-39. It was at this time that Coach Tommy Parks sent his offense back onto the field for a two-point PAT conversion. Reveire dove across the goal line, as the Knights stormed the field and clinched their first playoff berth since 2012.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of our team,” Parks said. “I give all the credit in the world to Howard. Those guys made some adjustments at halftime, and had us in a bind. We just kept grinding it out, and it was our time. We have been on the other end of games like this, but this was our time. These guys give us everything they have week in and week out. They come to work everyday, and I am happy for them and our community.”

The game started like many others have for Upson Lee this season. The Knights were able to contain Howard’s offense, and forced the region’s leading passer, Courvosier King, into throwing five interceptions in the game.

The first interception came from Upson Lee senior Donovan King, his second of of the season. Then later in the first quarter, senior Shamare Bailey picked off King’s pass deep in Howard territory. The interception gave Upson Lee great field position. Just two plays later, Upson Lee’s Quay Reviere broke through the line of scrimmage untouched for a 21-yard score. Stewart added the PAT, and with 4:30 left in the first quarter, Upson Lee led 7-0.

In the second quarter, Upson Lee added to their lead, this time through the air. Junior quarterback Kalen Puckett rolled to his right, then threw back to his left for a screen pass to Reveire. The 5’9, 210-pound running back followed his blockers down field and scored on a 49-yard pass and catch. Stewart added the PAT, and UL led 14-0 with 9:25 still left in the first half.

Over the next two minutes of the game, the two teams would trade interceptions. Puckett threw a pick to Howard, but just three plays later King threw his third interception of the game; this time its was junior Raekwon King with the pick. Unfortunately the Knights offense would stall.

However, with just 46 seconds left before half time, Upson Lee senior Zakarriyan Walker made the Knights’ fourth interception of the first half. This would set up Stewart for a 28-yard field goal attempt. Stewart’s attempt would fly off the side of his foot, but fortunately for Upson Lee, the Huskies would be called for an offsides penalty, giving the Knights and Stewart another crack at points before the half. This time Stewart would make good on a 23-yard attempt, giving Upson Lee a 17-0 lead at halftime.

The Huskies received the ball to start the second half, but the Knights defense that would force another turnover. Upson Lee’s David Marshall, who lived in the backfield for seemingly the entire game, racking up 10 tackles, four sacks, and three tackles for a loss, forced King out of the pocket, and once again it was Upson Lee’s King who was the beneficiary. This time however, Raekwon King would take the interception return back 23 yards for a touchdown. Stewart added the PAT, and Upson Lee seemed to be on their way to a victory, leading 24-0.

It was at this point where everything turned in the game. Howard began to move up and down the field with ease, and Upson Lee’s defense couldn’t find an answer. Howard scored 27 unanswered points, taking a 27-24 lead with just 35 seconds remaining. Upson Lee on the other hand, struggled to move the ball offensively, at least until the last drive of regulation.

Trailing 27-24 with just 35 seconds left in the game, the Knights needed a miracle. The visitors side of the Matthews Field was up in arms, cheering and celebrating the Huskies remarkable comeback, while players and fans on the home side of the field, were left stunned and seemingly comatose.

Unfazed by the impossible task at hand, Upson Lee quarterback Puckett led the Knights back onto the field. Fortunately for the Knights, they did get a nice kickoff return from Wyquavious Battle, back to the Huskies’ 41-yard line.

Puckett found Battle for two passes in a row, as the Knights moved the ball down to the Howard 20-yard line. Upson Lee used their last time out with just four seconds left in the game. Knights kicker Stewart trotted out with Upson Lee’s season on the line: make the field goal and Upson Lee keeps their post season hopes alive with a chance for victory in overtime, or miss the kick and UL has just about zero chance of playing in week 11. The snap from Logan Gulley was perfect, the hold from Puckett was perfect, and as the clock struck 0:00, Stewart’s kick was perfect. The 37-yard field goal sent the game into overtime, and sent the Knights player scurrying onto the field in celebration.

“I can’t say enough about Rich,” said Parks. “I’m pretty hard on the kickers, but Rich just comes to practice everyday and continues to work on his craft. He’s fun to coach, and he’s going to win us some more games in the future.”

In overtime, each team received the ball at their opponent’s 15-yard line. Upson Lee won the toss and took possession first. Quay Reviere scored on a three-yard touchdown run, but Stewart, who had just made a 37-yard field goal to send the game into overtime, missed the point after attempt, and UL led 33-27.

Howard then scored on the first play of their drive, tying the game up at 33-33. All the Huskies needed to do was make the PAT kick to win. Luckily for Upson Lee, the attempt hit off of the left upright and fell harmlessly to the ground, sending a huge gasp of relief throughout the bleachers, followed by sounds of cheers.

In the second overtime, Howard received the ball first, and once again they scored. This time they would convert the PAT kick and take a 40-33 lead. Upson Lee then had their chance, and once again it was Reviere, scoring from one yard out. This time, Coach Parks left his offense in the game, looking to go for two and ending the game one way or another.

“They really had us in a bind defensively,” said Parks. “We were gassed out there on defense. Our defense was on the field a lot in the second half of the game. I could tell we had nothing left in the tank, and I knew if we scored that we would go for two.”

The conversion was successful, as Reviere dove over the goal line and gave Upson Lee a 41-40 victory. It was over. The game was over, and the Knights’ playoff drought was over.

“I really want to thank our student section,” said Parks. “Those Matthews Maniacs really support us, and they stuck through with us until the end. After Howard scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, I saw a lot of fans start heading for the exits, but those guys hung in there with us, and we really appreciate it. They embody what Upson Lee is all about.”

Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.

Wes McCard/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee junior kicker Rich Stewart booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Knights into overtime. The Knights defeated the Huskies 41-40 in double overtime, clinching a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_6404.jpgWes McCard/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee junior kicker Rich Stewart booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Knights into overtime. The Knights defeated the Huskies 41-40 in double overtime, clinching a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Wes McCard/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee’s Raekwon King (No. 33) hauls in his first of two interceptions as Zakarriyan Walker (No. 26) looks on. King also had an interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_6389.jpgWes McCard/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee’s Raekwon King (No. 33) hauls in his first of two interceptions as Zakarriyan Walker (No. 26) looks on. King also had an interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
UL’s 41-40 double overtime victory secures first playoff berth since 2012

By Wes McCard

wmccard@civitasmedia.com

Upson Lee Knights vs. Howard Huskies Stats

Individual Stats

Rushing-

Quay Reviere: 19 att, 64 yards, 3 TD

Wyquavious Battle: 9 att, 53 yards

Markevious Robinson: 7 att, 14 yards

Kalen Puckett: 5 att, -8 yards

Passing-

Kalen Puckett: 18 att, 10 comp, 162 yards, TD, 2 INT

Receiving-

Wyquavious Battle: 5 rec, 75 yards

Quay Reviere: 2 rec, 49 yards

Karl Drake: 1 rec, 20 yards

Kendarious Traylor: 1 rec, 16 yards

Mikey Smith: 1 rec, 2 yards

Punting-

Kalen Puckett: 5 punts, 203 yards, 40.6 avg, long of 47

Team Stats

1st Downs- UL 12, HHS 24

Rushes- UL 40, HHS 39

Rushing Yards- UL 123, HHS 245

Pass Attempts- UL 18, HHS 31

Pass Completions- UL 10, HHS 13

Int Thrown- UL 2, HHS 5

Passing yards- UL 162, HHS 166

Total Offense- UL 285, HHS 411

Total Punts- UL 5, HHS 3

Punting Yards- UL 203, HHS 101

Punt Avg- UL 40.6, HHS 33.7

Penalties- UL 10, HHS 10

Penalty Yards- UL 105, HHS 64

Turnovers- UL 2, HHS 5

Red Zone Poss- UL 4, HHS 5

Red Zone Scores- UL 4, HHS 5

3rd Downs- UL 14, HHS 12

3rd Downs Converted- UL 6, HHS 5

Touchdowns- UL 5, HHS 6

Score- UL 41, HHS 40

Did You Know???

– Upson Lee’s all-time record vs Howard is now 2-0

– Upson Lee’s all-time record in overtime games is now 6-2

– Upson Lee’s 5 interceptions is a new single-game record (4 vs Henry Co- 2005 & Harris Co- 2011)

– Howard’s 40 points is the most ever allowed by Upson Lee in a victory

– Upson Lee is now 38-0 when scoring 40+ points

– Howard out-gained Upson Lee 411-285 in total yards

– Rich Stewart’s 2 field goals gives him 6 for the season, which is tied for 2nd best in UL history

– Rich Stewart’s first field goal came on the last play of the first half, and second field goal came on the last play of regulation

– Quay Reviere’s 64 yards now give him 1,042 yards rushing for the season

– Quay Reviere’s 4 total touchdowns tie the UL single-game record and his 26 points also tie the UL single-game record

– This is the third game of the season in which UL had 10+ penalties

– Howard’s Antonio Jones had 126 yards rushing on 19 carries, and Courvosier King had 117 yards rushing on 18 carries

– Howard’s Courvosier King had 166 yards passing, completing 13 of 31 passes, and throwing 5 interceptions

* Did You Know??? courtesy of Jim Fowler

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