Mavericks go for a two-point conversion on first OT possession to defeat the Hawks for the first time ever


After three impressive wins to start the 2019 football season, No. 12 River Hill appeared to be well on its way to a run at the Howard County title. They may still happen, but if so the Hawks will have to bounce back from their 14-13 overtime loss to Marriotts Ridge, Friday night.

The win was the first in Marriotts Ridge school history over River Hill.

Jaylin Moore intercepted a pair of passes in the game, including one in the end zone on the final play of the first half, scored pair of touchdowns and scored the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime.

Moore’s first score came on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Casey Pung, in the final minute of the game, after teammate Ryan Reeling recovered a critical fumble at the River Hill three-yard line. That score tied the contest at 7-7 and setup the overtime.

River Hill went first in OT and went back in front with a 1-yard TD sneak by quarterback Dylan Burnett, and with Santiago Bryant’s extra-point kick, the Hawks led 14-7. The Mustangs did not panic, responding with a 10-yard TD run by Moore, on their first overtime snap. Marriotts Ridge lined up for potential game-tying extra-point kick, but an encroachment call against the Hawks inched the ball closer to the goal line, prompting head coach Marcus Lewis to go for the two-point conversion.

Once again it was Moore, as he collected another throw from Pung, setting off a wild celebration for the Mustangs.

After squandering good field position on a couple drives in a scoreless first half, River Hill took the game’s first lead on a 61-yard touchdown run by Anthony Behrmann, as the Hawks led 7-0 with a 8 minutes left in the third quarter.