Monarchs fall short of victory in a nail biter to the Towson TigersWritten By: Matthew McCrackenSports EditorFourth and 29 from their own 37 yard line, the Towson Tigers are out of time-outs and the Monarchs are leading by three with a 1:07 left in the game. The Tigers’ quarterback, Grant Enders, comes back into the game, steps up in the pocket and delivers a bullet downfield to junior receiver Tom Ryan. Ryan catches it, avoids the initial tackle, and drags a Monarch defender into the end zone for the winning touchdown, putting the Tigers up 39-35.“Someone once said a team with character will beat a team with more talent. I don’t know anything about all that, but I can tell you my guys have a ton of character. A lot of poise under fire, a lot of fight, they won’t quit, they won’t lay down,” Tigers’ head coach Rob Ambrose said.The Monarchs were leading by 11 with 3:13 left in the game. Earlier in the quarter, the Tigers had marched the entire length of the field, converting two fourth down conversions. Stuck at fourth and three inside the red zone, the Tigers’ went for their third consecutive fourth down conversion. Aaron Evans, one of the many Monarch defensive backs on the roster, clipped the toe nail of Tigers’ freshman running back Terrance West, turning the ball over on downs.The game seemed out of reach for the Tigers. The Monarchs had possession of the ball with the clock in their favor. Receiving the ball back at their own 25 yard line with 5:49 remaining, the Tigers’ put together a nine play, 75 yard drive in only two minutes and 40 seconds. Down by four, they converted the two-point conversion to their junior tight end Mike Evans in the right corner of the end zone.“We were in a zero blitz, in man coverage. They ran a toss pass to the running back, which is challenging enough. We looked like we were in good shape, but the kid just made a heck of a play in the corner of the end zone,” Monarchs’ head coach Bobby Wilder said.Leading by three, the Monarchs knew the Tigers were going to attempt an onside kick. With their “hands team” out on the field, waiting, the Monarchs felt victory at the tip of their fingers. All that was left to do was control possession of the kick.“That was an NFL kick. That was a phenomenal kick, up in the air, in great position. Mitchell Castleberry was up as high as he could get, as he had the ball in his hands, he got hit. It wasn’t as if he had an opportunity to pull the ball into a tuck,” Wilder said.“Based on what we had practiced earlier in the week, we had a good idea of what their scheme might be,” Ambrose said.Fourth quarter mistakes came back to haunt the Monarchs as they slowly watched what would have been their sixth win, third in the conference, slip away.“It’s a heartbreaking loss, but as I told the kids in the locker room, this is the CAA,” Wilder said.Coming into the game, the Monarchs were No. 14 nationally, only allowing opponents 96.33 rushing yards per game while the Tigers ranked No. 11, rushing for 227.6 yards per game.In the first quarter alone, Towson’s Terrance West scored twice off of a 47 and 54 yard rushes. Old Dominion answered back with their own rush attack in Tyree Lee and Angus Harper. While Lee scored his second touchdown of the year to tie the game at seven in the first, Harper’s 64-yard run in the second quarter is the longest rush in Monarch history. Harper’s rush tied the game at 14 a piece.“I felt we made big plays as well, you know, Nick [Mayers] had a big run,” Harper said.