LILBURN -- Berkmar kicker Emmanuel Olusanya had a chance to lift Berkmar to its first region win of the season and he took advantage of it.
The kicker, who had struggled with kicking all game, capped a second-half comeback with an 18-yard field goal that gave the Patriots a 24-21 win over Dacula on Friday night.
"I ain't going to lie to you, I was scared." Berkmar coach Jonathan Sanks said. "He hadn't kicked the ball well all night..... I was terrified. I couldn't even look."
Dacula (1-9, 1-7) scored late in the first quarter as Namon Mayes took his first carry of the game through the middle of the Berkmar defense to give his team a 6-0 lead. Dacula took advantage of a Jaquan Morris interception late in the half as the Falcons converted the turnover into a 32-yard TD run by Kelan Fraise, who ran for a game high 143 yards on 21 carries .
Berkmar (2-9, 1-7) made its second possession of the third quarter count as it marched down the field in six plays and scored on a seven-yard run by Morris. Dacula answered with a Mayes TD run, though.
Berkmar got a huge play following the score as Ryan Hall took the ensuing kickoff at his own 10, broke through the first line of defense and outran the Dacula special teams unit for a score.
Following a Dacula punt, Berkmar found the end zone again as Morris avoided a sack, scrambled and found Dorren Miller, who caught six passes for 82 yards, open for a score that would tie the game and set the stage for Ouolusamya later on.
"Our guys fought all game," Sanks said. "Every game win, lose or draw, our guys fought. We have a lot of heart and a lot of integrity."
After both teams exchanged possessions, Berkmar worked the ball down to the 1-yard line thanks to a muffed punt by Dacula that gave Berkmar possession at the Dacula 20. Morris hit Javante Martin to bring the ball inside the 5, two plays later it was up to Olusanya. Olusanya had struggled with kickoffs and barely made his extra point attempts, but he was focused when it mattered the most.
"I was kind of nervous, then I got up there and took all the nerves away and kicked it like a regular kick," Olusanya said. "The guys were pumping me up.... I just got my mind set and made it."