In a hard fought come-from-behind effort, the Princeton
sprint football team suffered a heartbreaking 32-29 overtime loss to Post
Friday evening at Princeton Stadium.
Post jumped out in the first quarter with a 12-0 lead, but a
team safety and an Andrew Bierschenk field goal would make it a 12-5 ball game
with 7:45 to play before halftime.
The Eagles would maintain control of the game in the second
quarter, adding a third touchdown, but they again were unable to convert on the
Jaison Zachariah responded by leading a 77-yard touchdown
drive, finding an open Chris Cadman with 19 seconds to go before intermission.
The Tigers went into halftime trailing by a possession, 18-12.
Princeton continued to trail in the third quarter, as Post's
Quinton Bryant ran into the end zone to improve his side's advantage to 26-12.
The Tigers would have to wait two more possessions before
quarterback Joe Bush threw a 36-yard touchdown to Cadman with 57 seconds left
in the third quarter. Bierschenk's extra point would be blocked and Princeton
would trail 26-18 entering the final quarter.
In less than a minute, Bush drove the Tigers down the field
to even the score, 26-26, at 10:45 in the fourth. He threw a 27-yard touchdown
reception to John Wolfe and converted a two-point conversion to Sean Conrad.
With six seconds left in regulation, Post sent in Peter
Clearly in hopes of sending in a game-winning field goal. Clearly's kick was
blocked by Bob Dougherty and the Tigers would head into overtime.
Princeton managed to score a field goal on its overtime
possession, but Post would find the end zone on a Shawn Boose five-yard rush to
hand the Tigers the loss.
The Tigers (0-4) conclude the home half of the 2012 schedule
next Friday, Oct. 12 versus Franklin Pierce at 7 p.m.