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East Marion scores with 6 seconds left, hands St. Joseph crushing defeat

12:00 AM, Nov. 10, 2012 EST

East Marion QB Deandrey Johnson, who threw the winning TD pass with 6 seconds left, scrambles earlier in Friday's game. / Charles A. Smith, special to The Clarion-Ledger


There is the saying that big-time players make big plays in big games.

East Marion quarterback Deandrey Johnson did just that.

The senior hooked up with Demetrius McLin on a 9-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left Friday to lift the Eagles over St. Joseph 10-7 at Bill Raphael Field in the second round of Class 2A playoffs, handing St. Joe (12-1) a crushing season-ending loss.

"I cannot say enough about my team on that final drive," East Marion coach Anthony Dillon said. "Deandrey sucked it up and made some big time plays cause he was not having his best night."

"I had faith in Demetrius was going to come up with the catch," Johnson said. "I had to step up and be leader and guide the team on that last drive."

Johnson completed 6 of 11 passes for 67 yards with the touchdown on the final drive where the Eagles converted three third downs and one fourth down.

"We practice the minute drill every single day in practice," said Johnson who passed for 81 yards on the night. "We just have to finish."

The Eagles (9-3) will play at Taylorsville next week.

East Marion's defense was a huge difference. St. Joe was held to 159 yards of total offense -- just 10 in the first half.

"Defense played lights out tonight," Dillon said. "If our defense keeps playing like they did tonight and our offense can get it together and put points on the board I have a good feeling we will be back in Jackson."

The Eagles have now faced four undefeated teams (St. Joe, Bassfield, Hazlehurst, and West Marion) and been successful once.

"We are fortunate to win cause St. Joe wasn't undefeated for nothing," Dillon said. "They are a great team and extremely well coached."

St. Joseph saw one of the greatest seasons in school history end after winning a district championship for the second straight season.

"I can't say of how proud I am of the seniors," St. Joe coach Flip Godfrey said. "This program has been through a lot and am just so proud of what we are now."

William Fetherson scored the Bruins' TD with 8 minutes to go on a 22-yard run to give St. Joe a 7-3 lead.

"Give East Marion credit they made plays in the clutch on that final drive," Godfrey said.




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