MAHOPAC — Since the program began in 1897, a White Plains football team had never rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to win. The notion seemed impossible to most by halftime Friday night when the Tigers not only trailed by that margin but had been outgained 230-22 and had yet to pick up a first down.
“I didn’t think that,” White Plains coach Skip Stevens said. “With this group, I honestly thought we’d be able to come back and make this a real fight.”
Not only did White Plains accomplish that, it authored a significant page in the program’s long history. The Tigers rallied for an improbable 29-27 victory when Cameron Crabbe threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Marshon Morris with 24 seconds remaining to tie it. Chris Jordan’s two-point run provided the winning margin in the program’s biggest comeback ever.
Crabbe first connected on a touchdown to Morris that covered 71 yards with 3:19 to play. The defense gave White Plains (3-0) another chance, stopping Mahopac three-and-out to leave 76 yards with just 2:05 on the clock.
Crabbe’s scrambling helped spark the drive, including an 11-yard run that set up the game-tying pass, one that saw Morris leap over the outstretched arms of a defender in the end zone.
He rushed for 70 yards and threw for another 118 and the two scores.
“I had to make a play on it,” Morris said of his last grab. “I was shocked that I caught it.”
Probably not as shocked at Mahopac (1-2), which led 21-0 at the break thanks to two touchdown passes by Ethan Ryan and a stifling defense that held the Tigers without a first down until the 7:43 mark of the third quarter. But White Plains gained momentum behind the running of Jordan, who rushed for 73 yards and two scores, and a poor punt snap that gave the Tigers possession at the 2 and led to their second touchdown.
Still, when Mahopac drove 64 yards in 12 plays to take a 27-13 lead with less than four minutes to go, the outlook was bleak.
“I think the competitor in me said we weren’t out of it, but the realist thought we might have bit off more than we could chew,” Crabbe said.
Instead, 117 years since its inception, White Plains football has a comeback it won’t soon forget.