Saturday, September 29, 2007

Marching among the unbeatens

Marching among the unbeatens
Terriers improve to 5-0 on season


Week 5: Melbourne at Titusville

TITUSVILLE - With less than five minutes remaining and with the game and an undefeated record on the line, Titusville quarterback Chris Joly said he didn't need to say a word to his teammates.

"In the huddle, I saw it in their eyes," said Joly. "They knew what we had to do."

Down 25-21 with 4:48 left in the game, Joly led the Terriers on a flawlessly executed seven-play drive to beat Melbourne 28-25 and preserve Titusville's first 5-0 start in more than a decade.

Joly played just about a perfect game, completing 15 of 18 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 6-yard score to Conner Szczerba with a little more than two minutes to go.

"He seems to improve every week," said Titusville coach Bobby Guthrie. "He deserves a lot of credit tonight."

The Terriers overcame a sluggish first half and went into the locker rooms down 17-7.

But two Joly touchdown passes in the second half changed that, and Titusville led 21-17 with 11:25 left in the fourth.

"(Guthrie) really chewed us out at halftime," Joly said.

But led by workhorse tailback Cortez Ray, who finished with a game-high 142 yards on 25 carries, Melbourne came back and took the lead after quarterback Matthew Spinazzola's 3-yard touchdown run with 4:48 to go in the game.

Then Joly took over.

On the final drive, Joly completed every pass he attempted and ran for two first downs.

"What can I say, the kid is my leader," Guthrie said.

Melbourne (2-3) got off to a fast start, scoring on its third play from scrimmage when tailback Jourdan Welch found a seam up the middle and scooted 40 yards for the game's first score.

The Bulldogs, at least in the first half, dominated.

"I tip my hat to them," Guthrie said. "They came out and played well. Our kids weren't ready to play in the first half."

Joly shrugged off his performance.

"I just tried to manage the game, and just play smart," he said. "I had a lot of help."

That help mainly included receiver Willie Haulstead, who caught nine balls for 113 yards and two scores.


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