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KNIGHTS AND TIGERS

HEAD SCRATCHER: When Jesuit's Hunter McCrory hit a 43-yard field goal with less than two minutes left against Robinson, the Tigers apparently led 16-7. But the kick was waved off; Jesuit was flagged because its guard and tackle interlocked on the play. Jesuit coach Bill Schmitz described the call as one "I've never heard of before."

That's saying something.

Schmitz has more than 20 years of coaching experience, most at the college level.

The penalty didn't cost Jesuit the game, but it could have. After the flag, the Tigers punted. Robinson promptly drove to the Jesuit 42, chucked a couple deep balls toward the end zone but couldn't convert. Final score: Jesuit 13, Robinson 7.

HOLD THE BALL: Robinson, which scored 28 or more points seven times last year, has 21 total through two games.

Yards haven't been the problem, turnovers have. The Knights have four lost fumbles, and despite having passed for 260 yards, have thrown three interceptions. In Friday's loss Robinson gave it away four times, once on a fumble at the Tigers 4, ending an 84-yard third-quarter drive.

"I think you'll see the Robinson offense step back up real soon," coach Mike DePue said. "It's all turnovers. We're going to stay upbeat."

LANCERS SURVIVE

More than 90 percent of the time, a team behind at halftime will lose. And a team down by 15 points midway through the fourth quarter almost certainly will lose.

Cambridge, however, overcame those odds Friday in defeating The Villages, 35-34, in overtime.

Korey Simms' scoring pass to Austin Welti tied the score at 34 in overtime and when Simms split the uprights with his fourth straight PAT, the Lancers became the lone 3-0 team in the county.

"I don't think I've ever been in a football game this exciting," Cambridge coach Dan Rogers said. "These kids just would not give up. Even when we were down by so much deep into the fourth quarter, I could sense they felt they could come back and win. And they did."

The fourth quarter was full of fireworks, with 42 of the game's 69 points including 29 by Cambridge. In the game, the Lancers rolled up 619 total yards, 371 on the ground.

"Credit must go to Ricky Garcia and Adam Baker, our two linemen who went both ways," Rogers said. "In that fourth quarter, those two seniors gave us great leadership and really showed the way for us.

Saturday, Cambridge travels to Shorecrest (1-1). "This is another big game for us," Rogers said. "But last week's win really gave us a lot of confidence. The team now knows that a game is never over until the final gun sounds."

QUOTABLES

"I missed a 46-yarder earlier so I really wanted to make this one for the team. I knew as soon as I hit it, it was dead center. Because of the distance it had to be a line drive. I was really pumped when I saw it clear the cross bar, believe me."

_ LAWRENCE MCCLURE, Plant kicker on his 58-yard field goal that beat Leto, 10-7.

"We went up 28-11 on them but they just kept coming back. They got close at 28-27 and tied us at 35 and 42, but our kids never got down and came up with the big save at the end."

_ JIM WILT, Brandon coach on a wild 49-48 win over Jefferson.

"When he (Garcia) faked the handoff and bootlegged toward me, it was one on one. I was determined not to let him score and after I tackled him I still didn't know whether he had gotten in the end zone or not. When my teammates started yelling, that's when I knew we had won."

_ TONY LYNCH, Brandon cornerback, on stopping Jefferson's Steven Garcia's last second two-point try that would have won the game for the Dragons.

_ Compiled by Times staff writers Scott Purks and Keith Niebuhr and correspondent Jim Reese.

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