By game’s end, nobody on the anxious Foss High School sideline could really tell what happened.
All coaches and players saw was quarterback Isaiah Littlejohn disappear into the fog on the other side of the field – with the football in hand on the biggest third-down play of the Falcons’ season.
On third-and-6, Littlejohn broke away for a 9-yard gain, and the Falcons completed a wild comeback by upending seventh-ranked and previously-unbeaten Wilson, 14-13, at Stadium Bowl on Friday night.
The Rams’ loss jumbles the Narrows 3A football standings heading into the home stretch.
And for at least another week, Foss knows it is still alive for one of the league’s three playoff spots.
“I am a really big Lincoln fan next week (against Wilson),” Falcons coach Patrick Johnson said. “I didn’t think I’d say that.”
Littlejohn breathed life into the Falcons in the second half.
Because he missed two days or practice, and was a part-time participant for a third one Wednesday with a head injury, Littlejohn sat out the first half.
The Rams used two long drives to grab a 13-0 halftime lead.
But after the Foss defense held Wilson to a three-and-out to start the second half, Littlejohn broke loose for a 45-yard run to the Rams’ 10, and two plays later, he scored on a 2-yard run.
“I knew in the first half we were struggling and my team needed me,” Littlejohn said.
That was about the same time the heavy fog rolled in. And Wilson quarterback Julius Yates-Brown’s pass down the right sideline early in the fourth quarter was picked off by Baacari Kiner and returned 40 yards to the Rams’ 21.
Littlejohn gave Foss the lead for good, 14-13, on his 5-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 38 seconds remaining.
The Rams had their chances. They had a 10-play drive stall at the Foss 24 when Yates-Brown’s fourth-down pass was thrown out of the end zone with 3:57 to go.
But Littlejohn coughed up a fumble on the Falcons’ next play, giving Wilson the ball at the Foss 20 at the 3:44 mark.
Two plays later, Wilson gave it right back on Isaiah Simpson’s fumble, recovered by defensive lineman Patiole Pesefea.
All Foss needed was one first down, and Littlejohn gave it to them by taking off on a third-down run down the right sideline.
“I felt them breathing down my back,” Littlejohn said. “It makes me want to go harder.”
Wilson turned the ball over three times in the second half. It had only committed two turnovers in its first six games.
“The credit goes to Foss,” Wilson coach Don Clegg said. “They’ve played hard all year.”
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