In a back-and-forth showdown between two ranked Class 1A teams, No. 13 Rockville dealt the final blow to No. 5 Attica for a 30-27 victory.
In its final possession, Attica trailed by three points and drove 58 yards through the air. The Ramblers extended the drive on a 4th-and-10 on a catch that Tyler Jordan caught and lateraled to Geddy Harp for a first down.
But a Brady Sheridan pass fell short and was picked off by Rockville’s Joel Wittenmyer to clinch the game for the Rox.
Attica coach Ryan Good said the Ramblers played too timidly in the first half. They recovered in the second half, but it was too late.
“It came down to who had the ball at the end,” Good said.
Late in the fourth quarter, Rockville took possession after a punt and promptly fumbled the ball back to the Ramblers on the Rox’s 35-yard line. But three plays later, the Ramblers lost their own fumble with Rockville’s Nate Wake returning it for 39 yards.
The Ramblers stayed with the Rox in the second half by taking advantage of fumbles. After a three and out, Attica punted to Cody Jeffries, who fumbled the return back to the Ramblers. Attica scored on the next play with a 35-yard Geddy Harp run.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Rox fumbled again, and two plays later, Harp was in the end zone again on a one-yard run.
Attica lost its own fumble on the team’s next possession was able to avoid having it turned into points. Sheridan tipped a fourth-down Clint White pass near the end zone to give Attica the ball back.
The Rox held running back Jarrett Smart in check through the first half with 11 carries for 26 yards.
Running backs weren’t seeing the holes in the line of scrimmage as in previous weeks, Good said, but the team was able to make some adjustments at halftime. Smart had 35 yards on six second-half carries.
“It was just all mental on our part,” he said.
Both teams had success in their passing games.
Sheridan passed for 136 yards on 11 of 21 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. White completed 15 of 24 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns.
Both teams scored four touchdowns, so the extra points made the difference in the game.
Rockville converted three of four two-point conversions for six points, while failed on two of three two-point conversions with an extra-point kick for three points.
Harp led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Smart ended the game with 61 yards. Carson Davis caught five passes for 59 yards, while Harp and J.R. Dunwell had touchdown receptions.
Attica (3-1) travels to Class 2A No. 10 Fountain Central next week while Rockville (3-1) plays at Turkey Run.