By Carla Branch
It has been more than a decade since the T. C. Williams High School football team made the Northern Region play-offs. On Saturday, all they had to do was defeat Patriot District rival Robert E. Lee High School to end that drought. Unfortunately, the Titans lost, 27-13.
It was senior day for the football team, the cheerleaders and the band. Escorted by their parents and friends, the seniors walked onto the field at Parker-Gray Memorial stadium to cheers from the large crowd. The weather cooperated and the game was played under better conditions than the Titans have seen most of the year.
Neither team played well, with more than five fumbles between them. The Titans were unable to move the ball or to stop the Lancers. On punts and kick-offs, Lee consistently kicked short to keep the ball out of the hands of the Titans’ speedy senior Cortez Taylor. The Titans failed to score in the first half and had to re-group and try to find a way to overcome a deficit.
In the second half, junior Will Rossi scored two touchdowns but T. C.’s kicker could only convert one PAT. The Titans brought the score to within seven, 20-13 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Lee, however, scored an additional touchdown and won, 27-13.
The Titans finish the season with five wins and five losses.