Avalon running back Rachid Ibrahim ran for 324 yards and two scores to spoil the Potomac School Panthers homecoming and lead the Black Knights to a 30-19 victory in McLean, Va. Saturday.
Ibrahim, who recently committed to play football for the University of Pittsburgh, scored on runs of 9, 95 and 93 yards. His nine yard run in the second quarter gave Avalon it’s first sizable lead at seven points.
Late in the forth quarter with Avalon ahead by three, Ibrahim ran 93 yards down the Potomac sideline for a score to clinch the game. The touchdown came after the Black Knights defense held Potomac on forth down just seven yards from the goal line.
Avalon’s defense stopped the Panthers on fourth down near the goal line in both the first and final two minutes of the game.
Potomac had the first score of the game on a two yard run by Johnny Read, but Avalon senior Jacquille Veii returned the kickoff 99 yards to answer right back.
Coach Tad Shields said he was never concerned, “I just told them to get back to our kind of football, and to keep doing our jobs and forget about everything else. It’s just one score, there’s still the whole game to play, let’s return this one for a touchdown. So they finally listened to me for once.”
The Black Knights had struggles in the second quarter, where four consecutive snaps were fumbled inside the Avalon 30 and two were recovered by Potomac.
Avalon (4-4) will travel to play CAFC foe Riverdale Baptist on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.