WAYNESBORO — The Harrisonburg Blue Streaks rallied from a 10-point deficit Thursday night to defeat the Waynesboro Little Giants 29-25 in football action on a soggy evening.
In the seesaw contest, Waynesboro led 25-15 midway through the third quarter, but couldn’t hold the advantage as it saw its only two punts of the game come on its following two possessions, which turned out to be the last for the Little Giants.
Meanwhile, Harrisonburg which didn’t punt all night, mounted two scoring drives to take the lead, then ran out the clock on a long time consuming drive on which it converted three fourth downs.
It was a sparse crowd Thursday night, which saw the close contest. The game was played in drizzly weather with a cold breeze.
The contest had originally been scheduled for Friday night, but was moved back a day because of the forecasted heavy weekend rain.
The other choice was to play it on Monday, but Waynesboro coach Derek McDaniel didn’t see that as an option.
“Monday-Friday was a no-brainer,” he said. “With Harrisonburg and Lee, you need preparation time. You like to keep the kids in a routine. You get away from it, things go astray and you lose focus.”
One casualty of the change was Homecoming. It has been put off to a later date, perhaps Senior Night, according to McDaniel.
It was back and forth from the start as the teams traded touchdowns throughout the first half.
Harrisonburg took the opening kickoff and drove 66 yards in 14 plays with Anthony White throwing a 15 yard touchdown pass to Rakweon Smith for the touchdown with 4:18 left in the first period.
Waynesboro answered right back with the score coming on a 2-yard run by Steffan Thornton. The extra point failed, leaving the Blue Streaks with a 7-6 lead.
The Little Giants then moved ahead 12-7 on a 1-yard off-tackle run by Chris Baker to cap a 45-yard drive.
Harrisonburg answered back with 4:40 left in the half on a 16 yard run by Devin Medley. White found Stedman Clark on a 2-point conversion, and the Blue Streaks led 15-12.
But Waynesboro had the final answer in the half when Dominique Gray slanted right from the 4 for a score with 34 seconds remaining. When the 2-point conversion failed, Waynesboro was left with an 18-15 advantage.
The Little Giants then scored on the first possession of the second half to move in front 25-15. On fourth down, Baker found Jadaciss Williams on a 5-yard pass for the score. Cody Dawson added the placement.
But in this seesaw, Harrisonburg answered on a 20-yard quarterback keeper by Anthony White, and the lead was cut to 25-22 with 3:28 left in the third period.
After forcing a Waynesboro punt, the Blue Streaks moved ahead to stay when Medley, who had keyed the Blue Streaks rushing game, connected on a 68-yard pass to a wide-open David Gamboa-Pena for the score with 10:54 left in the contest for a 29-25 lead.
Waynesboro punted on its next possession and Harrisonburg ran out the clock.
The Little Giants are now 3-3 on the season, the Blue Streaks 3-2.
HAR – Smith 15 pass from White (Gonzalez kick)
WAY – Thornton 2 run (kick failed)
WAY — Baker 1 run (pass failed)
HAR – Medley 16 run (Stedman pass from White)
WAY – Gray 4 run (run failed)
WAY – Williams 5 pass from Baker (Dawson kick)
HAR – White 20 run (Gonzalez kick)
HAR – Gamboa-Pena 68 yard pass from Medley (Gonzalez kick)