Cavaliers fail on would-be game-winning two-point conversion


Trailing by seven late in the fourth quarter, at Life Christian Academy (VA), Friday night, third-ranked Archbishop Spalding got a potential game-tying touchdown with 26 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, then rolled the dice.

The Cavaliers, passing on a potential overtime, went for the win. Spalding quarterback Austin Tutas, who had just completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Zakee Wheatley to pull his team within one, attempted the two-point toss, but could not connect and the Cavs lost for the second time this season, 30-29.

Spalding (4-2 overall) jump out to a 9-0 lead after one quarter as Shamar Smith scored on a 5-yard run and Ethan McCormick booted a 27-yard field goal. Life Christian, however, responded with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, to take a 14-9 lead, before Tutas found Colin Maley for 17-yard scoring strike that sent Spalding to the half with 16-14 lead.

The teams continued to trade the lead in the third quarter, with Treshawn Mason scoring his second rushing touchdown for LCA (3-3), before Jason Venerable pushed the Cavaliers back on top with a 3-yard run and a 23-22 Spalding lead to start the fourth quarter.

The Cavs clung to that lead until NaQuari Rogers scored on a 1-yard plunge, with 1:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Dreshaun Taylor followed with a two-point run to give LCA its 30-23 advantage.

Tutas was 20-for-35 for 250 yards and two scores. Venerable went for 107 yards on 23 carries and Wheatley caught 12 passes for 102 yards.