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Down 19 points in the midway through the first quarter, the Chargers rallied for what coach Todd Donohoe called the biggest win in the program’s short history.
Playing its second season of football and first full varsity schedule, Strawberry Crest scored the winning touchdown when freshman Trey Vandergrift hit Donnardo Fields with a pass in the corner of the end zone from 8 yards out with 30 seconds left to play.
The loss spoiled a stellar performance by SPC running back Ryan Green, who rushed for more than 271 yards and scored five touchdowns (four rushing, one fumble return).
Green started the scoring by darting 79 yards on the Barons’ first drive. He also scored on SPC’s final drive on a 35-yard run that gave the Barons a 44-38 lead.
“To go to an established program like that, and for the kids to never give up and keep battling on their homecoming was big,” Donohoe said. "Our kids are in really good shape, and I think that was the difference."