Elijah Johnson scampered 22 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 40 seconds left and Tyrell Hollingsworth made a leaping interception in the end zone to seal the game with 16 ticks to go as Perryville posted a spellbinding 45-42 triumph over visiting Bel Air Friday night.
The Bobcats had taken a 42-37 lead on a 46-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 left.
Perryville took over on its own 34 with 1:21 remaining. Johnson, filling in at quarterback for the injured Cam Cunningham, completed a 30-yard pass to Hollingsworth.
Johnson then hit Toby DiMauro for 14 yards with DiMauro jumping to make a nice grab. On the next play, Johnson ran left and outraced the Bobcat defenders to the goal line to give the Panthers a 43-42 edge. A two-point conversion pass upped the lead to 45-42.
The game was not over. Perryville poorly executed a squib kick and Bel Air's Arnold Davis returned the ball to the Panthers' 15 before finally being brought down by Tony Smith.
After the Panthers called a timeout to regroup, Bel Air QB Matthew Wallace lofted a pass into the endzone and Hollingsworth leaped high the the air to pull down the game-clinching interception.
Perryville (5-0) has won 25 consecutive regular season games.
Complete story and pictures will be printed in the October 8 edition of The Herald.