Thursday, October 4, 2012

Some great Wash High comebacks

Many thanks to John Sacco on this one. If you don't know John, he's the former AD at Monessen and stats guru for Wash High. He's also the official scorer at Consol Energy Park for Washington Wild Things games.

In this business, he's one of those people you're glad you know, one of those people who seems to know the history of everything -- and if he doesn't, he's probably going to look it up.

Anyway, this was passed along to me, and I thought I would pass it along to you. It's the Top Five Comebacks in Wash High Stadium history (1972-2012). Pay special attention to No. 3, which happened last week.



1. John Cohen returns a Trinity punt 72 yards for a touchdown as time expires in the 1980 opener to lift Wash High to a stunning, 13-12, victory over the Hillers. It was Guy Montecalvo’s first game as coach at Wash High and came against a Trinity team ranked in the preseason Top 10 in WPIAL Class AAAA. It also marked the renewal of the Trinity-Wash High football series, which had been dormant since 1973. The Hillers never recovered from the loss and went 0-10.

2. Taking advantage of a bad punt snap, Wash High takes control of the ball, scores a touchdown with 53 seconds remaining and adds a two-point conversion run by quarterback Todd Fleissner to win a first-round WPIAL Class AA playoff game over Freedom, 16-15, in 1990.

3. A blocked punt return with just 19 seconds remaining by Shai McKenzie lifts the Little Prexies to an improbable, 18-15, win over Jeannette last Friday night. Both teams were undefeated. Wash High trailed by nine points in the fourth quarter.

4. The Little Prexies trailed Quaker Valley by 16 points (28-12) with less than five minutes to play in 1997. They rallied for 23 points, scoring the final TD with one second remaining, to win, 35-28. That victory sparked an incredible four-plus season run that culminated with a PIAA Class AA title in 2001.

5. Marquis Brown picks up a fumble by Charleroi’s Quentin Briggs and races for a late TD to give the Little Prexies a victory and a 2009 WPIAL Class AA playoff berth. The Cougars were simply running out the clock.

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