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Gus Rose has made no bigger play in his career than when he read STAB quarterback Jake Allen’s eyes in overtime Friday evening.
Rose stepped in front of the pass near the goalline and picked it off. As he slid to the ground just outside the endzone, pandemonium ensued as Covenant’s student section rushed the field as the Eagles capped a 21-13 victory over the Saints, the first in school history over their cross-town rivals.
Covenant (4-4) squandered a 13-0 lead at the start of the fourth quarter as STAB’s winless squad scrapped its way back into the game. Allen tossed a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes, the second coming with less than 30 seconds to play in the game, that evened the score at 13-13. STAB barely missed taking the lead on the PAT after a penalty moved it back and the attempt banged off the upright.
The game headed to overtime with Covenant getting the ball first. After three straight unsuccessful runs up the middle, Covenant went into the playbook and dug up a play that scored against Blue Ridge.
Doyle dropped back and pump faked a swing pass to Gaston which split the linebackers for STAB and left Peter Gould wide open in the middle of the field. Doyle put it right on him Gould hauled it in. The Eagles opted to go for two and this time Doyle found big tight end John Meade on a pop pass.
The Saints put the ball back in Allen’s hands after his hot fourth quarter performance, but that’s when Rose made one of the most memorable plays in Covenant’s short football history and ended one of the most frustrating losing droughts in Central Virginia.
The Eagles’ defense earned the win too, with five interceptions on the day. STAB (0-8) still managed to outgain Covenant 251 yards to 166 yards of total offense, but while it wasn’t pretty, it’s the signature win of the Dave Rocco era, ending years of losses to the Saints.