Cameron Crabbe's fourth down pass narrowly landed out of wide receiver Thomas Bertram's grasp with just more than a minute remaining, leaving White Plains just short of completing an impressive fourth quarter comeback against visiting John Jay-East Fishkill Saturday.
After falling behind 27-13 with 4:04 to go, it looked like White Plains' bid for its first win of the season was out of the question. But Crabbe hit Bertram on a 37-yard touchdown pass, making it 27-20 with 3:07 left.
Tigers kicker Murilo Rosendo then bounced an onside kick high off the turf into the arms of teammate Robby Lorden at the John Jay 38-yard line. White Plains drove to the John Jay 13-yard line, but Crabbe's pass was off the mark in the endzone on fourth and four with 1:08 remaining.
John Jay (3-1) took a 13-0 lead into the half, but White Plains (0-4) battled back in the with a 1-yard touchdown run by Ari Shamery, which was set up on a big run by Brandon Williams. After a missed point-after try, the White Plains defense forced a three-and-out. White Plains then tied things up on a touchdown pass from Cameron Crabbe to Lukas Repetti.
But the Patriots regained the lead for good a little less than four minutes into the fourth quarter when Dale White ran one in from eight yards out. White Plains’ Marshon Morris blocked the extra point to keep the Tigers within six, but the Patriots scored again when Rob Haughton broke multiple tackles during a two-yard touchdown run.
The Patriots connected on a two-point conversion to bring their lead up to 27-13.