Last second Big Horn connection for the victory!
In Twin Bridges on Friday night, the clock was ticking down on the Big Horns and with 10 seconds left in the game Quarterback Frankie Starz took the snap at the Falcons 16, drifted left, avoided the rush and threw across the field to the back right of the end zone to Wide Receiver Austin Samuels. Samuels, who was triple covered, dove outside of the end zone, caught the pass and dragged his feet. Touchdown! Big Horns win over the Falcons, 18-16.
It was a wild 4th quarter that saw the Big Horns extend their lead to 12-0 on a 9 yard run by Starz. Then the Falcons offense woke up and running back Nate Konen answered with a 5-yard run. After the Big Horns fumbled on the ensuing drive, Falcons Quarterback Bryce Nye found Konen from 14 yards out to give the Falcons their first lead, 16-12 with 49 seconds left. That set the stage for the final drive.
Head Coach Adam Farr shared, “Impressive poise by the players on the final drive, the many years of Frankie (Starz) throwing to Austin (Samuels) clearly translated onto the field during that last drive, four for four passing completions between the two in 38 seconds with an incredible connection in the corner of the end zone to take the lead and secure the win, very clutch drive by everyone!”
Samuels got the Big Horn final drive started by returning the kickoff to the Big Horns 25. On the first play, Starz scrambled out of the pocket for 10 yards and a first down while getting out of bounds. Then Starz found Samuels for 3 straight sideline passes covering 39 yards, setting up the epic last play from 16 yards out. Samuels streaked across the field on a “Dig C “route amidst triple coverage and came down with the game winner from Starz.
Coach Gale was extremely proud of the players, “Full team effort with the young guys on the team steeping up and making plays throughout the game and the seniors playing their best at the very end and refusing to lose! Truly one of the great wins in the Lone Peak football programs history!”
The Big Horns opened the scoring in the first quarter on a touchdown pass from Starz to Freshman Tight End Isiah Holt. Then the defense made that score hold up. Coach Farr said, “Truly an incredible defensive effort by the players, you don’t see many 8-man football games going into halftime with a 6-0 score, proud of the whole team’s effort.”
In fact, the Big Horn defense pitched a shutout for 3 and ½ quarters of the game. Linebacker Pierce Farr, defensive lineman Ryker Potter, Aiden Miller and Nick Wade along with Samuels and Starz repeatedly turned back Falcon drives. It was the team’s best defensive performance of the season.
The Big Horns are now on a two-game winning streak and head into their final regular season game on Saturday. LPHS hosts undefeated rival West Yellowstone Saturday at 7 pm still clinging to an outside chance of making the playoffs.
The Ophir Miners rolled over the Twin Bridges Falcons in the Middle School game 54-12 and host West Yellowstone at 4pm this Saturday.