Sullivan North running back Jacob Jasper, shown dragging a pair of Lee High defenders, rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns Friday night.
KINGSPORT — With 47 seconds left to play, Sullivan North running back Jacob Jasper scrambled through a maze of Lee High defenders for a 14-yard scoring run that lifted North to a 23-16 homecoming win over the visiting Generals.
Jasper plowed through resistance to his 2-point conversion for the final margin. He had 87 yards on the night, including 29-yard scoring run in the first quarter.
North (4-2) couldn’t stop to celebrate until Noah Bullock picked off a Houston Sage pass attempt to end Lee’s final bid with less than half a minute on the clock.
The Generals (3-1) racked up 342 yards total offense on the night, including 196 yards passing from Sage, who kicked a 22-yard field goal to put Lee High ahead 16-15 with 2:52 remaining to play.
On the next play, the North wingback hit quarterback Nick Copas with a 20-yard pass to the Lee High 36-yard line. Two snaps and a 15-yard penalty for a late hit later, Jasper headed for the end zone.
Copas completed two passes for 28 yards. He put North ahead 15-6 at the half with a 1-yard scoring sneak.
Sage, who had a 25-yard field goal attempt blocked by North’s Seth Maxwell in the first quarter, scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to cut Lee High’s deficit to 15-13 with 3:52 remaining in the third.
The Lee High signal-caller hit Justin Gilliam with a 40-yard scoring strike in the second quarter. He made a 93-yard completion to Gilliam in the fourth quarter, but Maxwell tripped up the Generals receiver at the 5-yard line.
The Golden Raiders defense refused to budge for three straight snaps. Lee High settled for the field goal.
The Generals’ defense had its own heroic moments, forcing North to settle for a 27-yard Bryson Salyers field goal in the first quarter. It also blocked a Salyers PAT kick attempt in the second.
Jasper made it look easy on his TD runs, but he worked hard for his yardage. So did running mate Kody Goins, who logged 47 hard yards.Read more in Saturday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.