10/9/2013 7:35:00 PM Bethany's late field goal sinks Demons, 32-29
Quarterback Zac Bledsoe (12) looks for running room around the outside behind the blocking of teammates Garrett Self (36) and Diesen Gorham (50) during Friday nightís game with Bethany. Bledsoe was the Demonsí leading rusher along with running for two touchdowns and throwing for another. P-T, however, dropped a 32-29 decision with a late Broncho field goal.
Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick
Perkins-Tryonís Tyler Taff goes up and over a pile of players to score the Demonsí first touchdown last Friday night against Bethany. It came on P-Tís opening drive of the second half. The Demons lost to Bethany, 32-29.
Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick
By Rick Lomenick, Journal Sports Editor
Bethany's Mathew McGarry drilled a 24-yard field goal with four seconds left to cap a wild second half Friday night and left McIlvain Field with a 32-29 win over the Perkins-Tryon Demons.
The loss dropped P-T to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in District 3A-2 action. The Demons will have a huge opportunity to get back into the playoff hunt this week with a trip to Prague Friday. The kickoff against the winless Red Devils is at 7:30 p.m. Bethany improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district action.
The game started 30 minutes earlier because of the threat of severe weather that was predicted to move through the area. The weather managed to hold off but there was still quite a bit of electricity in the air, especially in the second half as both teams combined for 51 points after Bethany held a 10-0 lead at halftime.
P-T's first score came on a clock-chewing 71-yard drive that took 17 plays and was within four seconds of consuming half of the third quarter clock. Tyler Taff capped the drive when he dove over the stack for the score. Matt Waitt kicked the first of three extra points to pull the Demons back to trail 10-7.
A Bethany turnover set up the Demons' first lead. The Bronchos fumbled a 20-yard pass completion and Zac Bledsoe recovered it at the P-T 41-yard line. Bledsoe then orchestrated a nifty seven-play drive plus got help from a horse collar penalty on fourth down to keep it going. Bledsoe ran the final 14 yards around the end for the score with 3:14 left in the third period. Waitt's kick gave P-T its first lead of 14-10.
Bethany responded with a eight-play 55-yard drive to regain the lead. Quarterback Kyle Duke scored from a yard out as time expired in the third quarter. This time, McGarry missed the extra point kick but BHS held a 16-14 advantage heading into a scoring spree fourth quarter.
It didn't take P-T long to respond in the early seconds of the fourth frame. On the ensuing drive, Bledsoe raced around the outside and sprinted his way to a 68-yard touchdown run that helped get the Demons' their final lead after Waitt's extra point kick at 21-16. It was during this segment of the game when Bledsoe battled hamstring issues but still plugged along.
Back came the Bronchos with another score, which was a 15-yard touchdown pass at the 8:43 mark. Duke's rushing try on the two-point conversion failed but Bethany held a slim one-point lead at 22-21.
After both teams exchanged punts, a critical turnover nearly cost the Demons. On P-T's next drive, Waitt lost a fumble at the Demons' 36-yard line. The ball was picked up by linebacker Nicholas Long and returned the distance for the score and after the extra point kick, BHS stretched the advantage to 29-21 with 2:26 left in regulation.
A 36-yard pass from Bledsoe to Waitt tilted the field for P-T on its next drive. Runs by Waitt, Taff, and Bledsoe moved the ball to the BHS 25-yard line before Bledsoe found receiver John Sasser on a short dump pass. Sasser raced in for the score. Bledsoe ran a bootleg around the right side and while he lunged toward the endzone, he collided with the linesman who was knocked down. After a few anxious moments, the call was made that Bledsoe scored, it tied the game at 29-29 with 49 seconds left.
On Bethany's final drive, an initial pass got the Bronchos to the P-T 30-yard line. However, an incomplete pass a one-yard run and an 11-yard quarterback sack on Duke by P-T linebacker Josh Yarbrough brought up a huge fourth down and 20-situation. Duke hit a 33-yard pass that gave BHS a first and goal at the Demons' seven-yard line with less than 10-seconds left on the clock. Following timeouts called by both teams, McGarry split the uprights for the gamewinning field goal.
Both teams combined for over 800 yards of total offense as Bledsoe led the Demons in rushing with 126 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. He also threw for 115 yards completing 8-of-12 passes. Waitt was the leading receiver with a season-high six catches for 71 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Daniel Wall with 14 tackles with Waitt following with 11 stops led the Demons. Josh Binford also logged a pass interception late in the first half. Bledsoe and Austin Nietenhoefer recovered Bethany fumbles.
Bethany 32, P-T 29
BHS 3 7 6 16 - 32
P-T 0 0 14 15 - 29
Rushing - BHS: Duke 17-113, TD; T. Vann 7-35; Jackson 8-33; Pinion 1-1. P-T: Bledsoe 14-126, 2 TDs; T. Taff 18-81, TD; Waitt 15-43, Yarbrough 1-3; Barnett 1- 2; Self 2-1; J. Sasser 1-0.