In the final showdown this season between crosstown rivals Floyd T. Binns and Culpeper Middle School’s football teams, 32 minutes wasn’t enough time to decide a winner.
A defensive battle between the two squads resulted in a scoreless tie at the end of regulation, necessitating overtime. Ultimately, Culpeper’s inability to convert its opportunity set Binns up for a 6-0 victory at Eastern View High School.
“In the game, just like in life, you have ups and downs, and it’s how you respond to them [that matters],” Binns head coach Uzziah Harris said. “Our defense held tough, they continued to believe in each other and, at the end of the game, we had a chance to win and took advantage of it.”
In the end, the Blackhawks’ JayQuan White scored the game-winning touchdown to help his team clinch the Battlefield Middle School Athletic Conference’s West division title and home-field advantage in the conference championship game, which will be played on Saturday, October 26 at Eastern View.
White also tallied the game-winner in a 12-6 overtime triumph over East division leader King George earlier this season.
Wednesday’s matchup was a defensive battle from the very beginning.
Binns (7-0 overall, 3-0 BMSAC) blocked a punt on Culpeper’s opening drive to set itself up with good field position, but came up empty-handed after turning the ball over on downs.
Similarly, the Cougars had a prime opportunity for points after Amaree Robinson converted a big fourth-down play inside the Blackhawks’ 10-yard line. However, Binns’ D’Myo Hunter intercepted a pass by Culpeper’s Bennett Sutherland to halt the drive.
Both teams were plagued by turnovers at inopportune times.
With the Blackhawks again threatening to score after driving inside the Cougars’ 20 in the third quarter, Robinson stepped in front of a Derrick Brown pass and returned it 56 yards with 3:51 left in the period.
This time Culpeper managed to advance the ball as far as the Binns’ 3, but a fumbled snap killed the drive there.
Despite the miscues, Cougars head coach Eric Dinkens was pleased with his team’s effort.
“This was the best game we’ve played all year,” he said. “We switched up a lot of things on defense to give [Binns] some different looks, and I thought our defense played well. Our offense was a little sluggish, but overall I’m proud of my boys. For a rivalry game to go 0-0 and to overtime, I think it says a lot about the future of both teams. The future is bright.”
Culpeper (3-4, 0-2) will play at Louisa next Thursday. Binns won’t be back in action until the BMSAC title game on October 26.