George Petrides has won, and lost, in every imaginable way during his three decades as head football coach at City College, but the wins have far out-number the setbacks, and he celebrated career win 250, Thursday, as his team came from behind to top host Mervo, 20-14, in overtime in a Baltimore City Division I contest.
City quarterback Troy Robinson scored the only points of overtime, when he crashed in from one-yard out, after Mervo had the first possession and missed a 23-yard field goal attempt.
City (6-1 overall, 3-1 Division I) gained the overtime with a touchdown with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter, after it had trailed 14-0 at the half. Tayshawn Mayo scored the tying touchdown on a 2-yard run, one play after Robinson completed a 38-yard pass to Julius Harvey on a desperate, fourth-and-27 toss.
The City defense began the comeback, late in the third quarter, when they forced Mervo quarterback Tyree Dowery into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone, for a safety. Corey Davis then capitalized, returning the ensuing free kick 55-yards for the Knights’ first touchdown of the day. The score pulled them with 14-8 entering the final quarter.
Mervo’s defense also contributed to its point production. The first score for the Mustangs (1-6, 0-4 Division I) came when Daron Holmes recovered a fumble in the City end zone, late in the first quarter. The score was followed by a two-point conversion run by Walt Ferguson. In the second quarter, Tyreke Rudolph scored on an 11-yard run for Mervo.
Petrides, with a career record of 250-136-1, is second in career victories among active coaches in Maryland, behind only the 390 posted by Good Counsel’s Bob Milloy.
NO. 19 CITY COLLEGE 20, MERVO 14, OT
C 0 0 8 6 – 6 — 20
M 8 6 0 0 – 0 — 14
M—Homes rec. fumble in end zone (Ferugson run)
M – Rudolph 11 run (run failed)
C – Safety – Intentional grounding in end zone
C – Davis 55 kick return (pass failed)
C – Robinson 1 run