|Emory & Henry outlasts CUA in shootout||Nov. 2, 2002|
Emory & Henry outlasts CUA in shootout
EMORY, Va. - Senior quarterback Bill Sutton (Columbia, Md./DeMatha) connected with sophomore wideout Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) on an 18-yard touchdown with no time remaining in the game but the extra point was wide left, giving Emory & Henry a 48-47 win in a wild Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup that featured 958 yards of total offense.
Sutton, right, finished with a career-high in passing, striking for five touchdowns on 27-for-54 passing for 397 yards and two interceptions. His 54 pass attempts tied a CUA single-game record. Three of those scores went to Bublavi, who caught seven passes for a game-high 119 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate Jim Jankiewicz (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's) hauled in a game-high nine receptions for 104 yards.
Catholic (3-5, 1-3 ODAC) opened the scoring on their first drive, using nine plays and going 72 yards. The drive was capped off by a 1-yard run by senior Tokollo Moffat (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) at 9:33 of the first quarter. Moffat ran for 109 yards on 24 carries. Freshman Chris Waechter's (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) extra point was blocked, making it 6-0.
Catholic had trouble holding onto the ball as the Cardinals committed four fumbles in the game. Wasp quarterback Shannon Johnson made a fumble by James Vollono (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) pay off for EHC as he hit Adam Davis on a 5-yard score with just 1:29 left in the first quarter. Burk's point-after was good, giving the Wasps a 7-6 lead.
The Wasps (3-5 1-3 ODAC) made it 14-6 as Jay Clark picked up a ball of a blocked punt and ran 30 yards for a touchdown.
Sutton would hit Bublavi on a 32-yard score and a pass to junior tight end Jason Weber (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) on the two-point conversion tied it 14-14 midway through the second quarter.
The Cardinals went into the locker room up 28-21 as Sutton found Bublavi on a 18-yard pass with just 12 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Emory & Henry came out in the second half and scored 20 unanswered points to take a 41-28 lead, capped by Johnson's fourth scoring toss of the day. Johnson was 9-for-26 for 192 yards and one interception and added 61 yards on 20 carries.
On the first drive of the fourth quarter, Moffat would dive in from 2 yards out to cut into the lead. On the next Wasp possession, sophomore Ryan Parrish (Washington Crossing, Pa./Council Rock) picked off Johnson deep in CUA territory. Seven plays later, Sutton and senior Dan Evans (South Riding, Va./Paul VI) got together for a 30-yard score but Waechter's extra point was no good, leaving the score at 41-41. Evans caught six passes for 79 yards on the day.
Dan Hammons scampered in a score from 36 yards with just over two minutes in the game to give Emory & Henry a 48-41 lead.
Starting at their own 27-yard line and with 1:13 in the game, Sutton and the offense quickly marched down into EHC territory. On the 13th play of the drive Sutton found Bublavi in the end zone from 18 yards out with no time remaining.
Catholic amassed a season-high 572 yards of offense but committed six turnovers on the day.
Defensively, senior linebacker Jeff Tabery (Saylorsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) posted seven tackles, two for losses, and two sacks. Senior defensive end Scot Lutte (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Catholic) added five stops, two for losses, and a sack.
Catholic returns to the road next week as they take on Guilford in ODAC action on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.