Greensboro clips ACA with late TD pass

American Christian Academy’s Aaron Box (42) darts past the Greensboro defense during Friday night’s game at ACA. (Photo by Erin Nelson)


TUSCALOOSA | Jamarcus Singleton threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyrez McCain with 3:24 to play as the Greensboro Raiders stunned American Christian Academy 21-20 Friday night.


Quante Brown added the extra point, giving Greensboro the lead. After taking the 21-20 lead, the Raiders forced an incomplete pass from Patriots’ quarterback Austin Mohlenbrok on fourth down to seal the win. 


After trailing 17-0 at the half, Greensboro (4-3,2-3 in Class 3A, Region 3) surged back with a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half. Singleton rushed for a touchdown from 4 yards out on a fourth-and-goal play to cut the lead to 17-7.


With a 20-7 lead, ACA (3-4,3-2 in Class 3A, Region 3) fumbled the football late in the third quarter and McCain recovered for Greensboro. Five plays later, Jevontey Smith ran in from 5 yard out to score and make the score 20-14 early in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders’ defense made a stand and got the ball back. After Greensboro drove to the ACA 7-yard line, the Patriots made a tackle for loss and set up a third-and-goal for the Raiders. Singleton then threw the halfback pass to McCain to gain the 21-20 lead.


“We went back to the locker room and we looked at all of our losses this season and it came down to us beating ourselves,” Greensboro coach Curtis Graves said. “We asked the players to imagine what they will feel like if we lose this game.” 


The Patriots scored on the opening possession of the game on a 4-yard pass from Mohlenbrok to John Roberts. ACA scored again early in the second quarter on a 5-yard run by Aaron Box to take a 14-0 lead. Connor Thigpen added two field goals for the Patriots, one from 26 yards and one from 29 yards.


“The coaches talked to us at the half and told us we were beating ourselves,” Smith said. “They told us to just play our game. They said to play hard, all or nothing.”


One of the most successful adjustments the Raiders made at the half was putting Smith in as a wildcat quarterback. “That was the first time we did that. It really seemed to work,” Smith said.


“We turned it around in the second half by not making mistakes,” Graves said. “I am so proud of how they responded.”


ACA will play at Fayette County next Friday night. Greensboro will host Gordo.