PHILIPPI - Philip Barbour dodged more than raindrops here on soggy Friday evening to preserve a 27-19 Homecoming win over Big 10 Conference rival Liberty.
The Colts dodged a potential game-tying score, and then saw their defense rally to push the Mountaineers even further from the goal line.
"We tried to do everything in our power to give them the game," Philip Barbour football coach Curtis Bodkins said. "We had them 4th and about 500, and we rough the kicker."
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Philip Barbour High School senior Kylie Howell was crowned the 2012 Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies Friday at George Byrer Field.
That new life enabled Liberty, 0-3, to use the speedy legs of running back/receiver Jaylen Bartlett. He rushed for 34 yards and caught a Ty Noss pass for another eight to bring the ball down to Colts' 10-yard line.
Noss scrambled before finding Bryan Van Norman in the end zone for a touchdown that, with the 2-point conversion, would have knotted the game. But Liberty was flagged for a holding penalty, pushing the Mountaineers back to the 32-yard line. Noss hooked up with Bartley again, but the Colts were able to keep Liberty out of the end zone to preserve the victory.
Philip Barbour running back Harley Davis, who ran for 158 yards, pushed the game to its final margin of victory in the waning seconds of the third quarter, going around the right side of the line and dragging a tackler the final few steps into the end zone to give the Colts an eight-point lead.
Liberty had pulled to within two points just minutes earlier when Bartley bounced outside from a yard out to make the score 21-19.
Liberty initially jumped out to the early lead, 7-0, when Noss dropped back to pass, but decided to keep the ball and ran it in for an eight-yard score.
The No. 11-rated Colts, 3-1, came right back, tying the game when Davis kept churning the pile forward before breaking free from its clutch to go 53 yards for the touchdown.
Liberty regained the lead on its next possession, as Noss sneaked in from a yard out. The Mountaineers, however, missed the extra point to keep the lead at six.
Davis scored his second TD of the night, squirting through the line from five yards away to give Philip Barbour a lead it would not relinquish, 14-13. The Colts added to it in the final minute of the half, as quarterback Dillon Newman stutter-stepped through the defensive crowd until he found an opening to exploit for a 74-yard touchdown run.
Newman ran for 130 yards and pass for 46 to aid the Colts' offensive attack. Brodon Carpenter rushed for 48 yards. Jordan Simmons caught two passes for 39 yards.
The Colts' swarming defense was able to pressure Noss into being sacked six times.
Philip Barbour travels to Parsons next Friday to take on Class A power Tucker County.