Maclay Football Holds On to Beat St. Johns Country Day School

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The Maclay Marauders held off a second half comeback from the St. Johns Country Day School Spartans winning at home 37-23. Junior John Sniffen had a monster game rushing and receiving.

After an uninspiring three-and-out on their first drive, Maclay scored on the first play of their second drive. Sniffen, from the backfield, rushed the ball for an 80-yard run down the sideline for his first of four touchdowns on the night. Sniffen ended the game with 87 receiving yards and 133 yards on the ground.

Sniffen scored on a 1-yard draw up the middle with nine seconds left in the first half and again on Maclay’s first drive in the second half on, what was one of the more exciting plays of the game, a fake punt leading to a 50-yard touchdown pass thrown by Ian Widener.

The Marauders were up 24-9 after the trick play, but the Spartans were not going away. Maclay quarterback Brecht Heuchan threw an interception late in the third quarter and the Spartans capitalized, scoring three plays later making the score 24-9.

This score gave St. Johns some momentum as they forced Maclay to a three-and-out and then proceeded to score on the very next play on an 85-yard pass. The Spartans were a possession away with the fourth quarter quickly approaching.

Maclay caught a break early in the fourth after another three-and-out. After St. Johns blocked a punt, the ball bounced the right way for Maclay. The ball bounced off of a St. Johns player and was scooped up by the Marauders. Three plays later Heuchan threw a 28-yard pass to freshman Robert Parker-Crawford for a touchdown.

The Spartans kept fighting. After Heuchan’s second interception, St. Johns marched down the field and scored once more with seven minutes left in the game. The Marauders were not happy with the slight lead and tried to put more points on the board.

With a little less than a minute left, Sniffen put the team ahead by two scores running in his final touchdown from four yards out. Parker-Crawford sealed the deal intercepting the ball on the Spartans’ first play of the drive.

Maclay will be looking to even up their record next Friday, the 7th of October, as they go on the road to face the North Bay Haven Academy Buccaneers.

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