A day after Sage Hill School's remarkable 33-31 nonleague comeback win over Tri-City Christian on Friday night, Coach J.R. Tolver was still excited. Tolver's Lightning came back from a 15-point deficit with less than three minutes to go on a Taylor Ross touchdown run, a touchdown pass from Randall Mycorn to Eric Cheng, two recovered onside kicks and the game-winning field goal from Ross with two seconds left.
But one of the more heady plays was turned in by senior guard T.J. Danner. After Ross' field-goal try was blocked with less than 20 seconds to go, Danner picked up the ball and rumbled 12 yards to the visitors' 10 for a first down. After a spike, Ross got a second chance at the game-winning field goal and nailed it from 28 yards out.
"T.J. is actually probably the fourth- or fifth-fastest player on our team," Tolver said. "We had our big guys out there for the kick. If that ball landed in anyone else's hands besides T.J., we don't get that first down."