Burgard erased a 32-0 deficit with 16 minutes left Saturday to beat McKinley, 34-32, in what is being called the biggest comeback in Harvard Cup history.
"The kids thought they were pretty much in for it at halftime. They came into the locker room and they were hanging their faces," said coach Jason Kolb. "I told them it takes one play at a time and that heroes have to step up in the time of need. When the score was 32-14, I told them we're halfway there -- don't give up."
Burgard scored the game-winner with 19 seconds left when Dwayne Holley and quarterback Duane Lewis hooked up for their second TD of the game. The go-ahead points came on Aaron Tubbins' two-point conversion run. Tubbins had scored with 2:56 left after Burgard recovered an onside kick.
Burgard had three scores of longer than 65 yards. Marcus Davis had a 92-yard kickoff return, Tim Brown returned a fumble 79 yards and the first Holley-Lewis pass went for 68 yards.
Burgard's playoff chances were dashed by a loss to Hutch-Tech in Week Six at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bulldogs finished 6-3 overall, 5-3 in Harvard Cup.
For McKinley, Chris Pratt rushed for 215 yards on 21 carries and two scores.
Hutch-Tech 22, South Park 14 (OT): Rodney Pierce threw a TD pass to tie it with 1:46 left and scored on a 7-yard run in overtime as the Engineers rallied from a 14-0 deficit in the second half to win.
During South Park's overtime possession, the Sparks were dropped for a 6-yard loss on the first play and then threw three incomplete passes. Leading the Engineers defense was Sebastien Herbert-Andrews with 10 tackles.
After Adrian Alvarez and Randy Calloway scored to give South Park a 14-0 lead, it was all Engineers. Sammy Smith had an 11-yard run in the third quarter and Bryan Burch was on the receiving end of Pierce's TD pass late in the game. Tech's Greg Cherry intercepted a Sparks pass with 31 seconds left in regulation.
The Engineers (7-1) earned the No. 1 seed for next week's semifinals. They'll face South Park (5-3) at 10 a.m. at All-High. In the other semifinal at 2 p.m., Riverside (6-2) plays McKinley (6-2).
Riverside 14, Seneca 0: Junior QB Josh Covington, making his first start for the injured DiMario Caesar, passed for 118 yards and two TDs for the Frontiers. After a scoreless first quarter, wide receiver Byron Corbett caught a 51-yard TD pass from Covington. The score was set up by a Thomas Jordan fumble recovery.
Riverside added its second TD in the fourth quarter when Mike Williams caught a 26-yard pass from Covington. Williams had three catches for 66 yards. Jordan also had two sacks and six tackles.
Lafayette 26, Bennett 0: Darrell Thomas rushed for 154 yards on 12 carries and two scores as the Violets handed the Tigers their 30th straight loss. Winston Reese had three sacks and seven tackles for Lafayette (2-7, 2-6). Bennett finished 0-8, 0-9.|