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Cave Spring scored an improbable touchdown late and then beat Blacksburg in overtime.
T.J. WITTEN | Special to The Roanoke Times
Cave Spring receiver Zac Foutz hauls in a pass against Blacksburg defender Jack Verniel during River Ridge District football action Friday night. Foutz caught six passes for 142 yards in the game.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
If you left Bogle Field with a minute to go Friday night you missed one of the more remarkable finishes you’ll ever see in a high school football game.
Cave Spring tight end Anthony Ball’s 5-yard touchdown catch in overtime capped a remarkable comeback by the Knights as they defeated Blacksburg 27-24 in a River Ridge District classic.
The play fans will most remember, however, came in the closing seconds of regulation.
The Bruins looked like they had a victory locked up when defensive back Morgan McCoy intercepted a Cave Spring pass at the goal line with 42 seconds left and Blacksburg up 21-14.
After the Knights used their last timeout, the Bruins had the ball inside their own 1-yard line with 33 seconds left. Since they were so close to the goal line the Bruins’ coaching staff did not want quarterback Isaac Johnston to take a knee, which would have likely resulted in a safety. So they called for a quarterback sneak to move the ball away from the end zone.
On the run, though, Cave Spring senior linebacker Austin Amos stripped Johnston of the football and then recovered it in the end zone. After a few seconds of deliberation the officials ruled that Johnston wasn’t down and the result of the play would stand. Place-kicker Daniel Seymour followed with a successful PAT to tie the game and force overtime.
“I saw him [Johnston] diving in the air and his arm went up and I stripped it out,” Amos said. “It’s one of the greatest moments I’ve ever had. I’m proud for the team and the program.”
Blacksburg head coach Dave Crist had a different view of the game-changing play.
“Isaac was down, but there was such a mass of bodies there. That’s what they [referees] called and that’s what we’ll have to go with,” Crist said. “We should have taken a safety, but all we needed was six inches and the game would have been over.”
In the overtime the Bruins (4-5, 1-4) got the ball first, but an incomplete pass on third down led to a 20-yard Carson Wise field goal to make the score 24-21.
Cave Spring (5-4, 3-2) ran the ball two times for 5 yards, setting up a third-and-goal from the 5 on their overtime possession. After a Knights timeout, quarterback Alex Emery rolled to his right and hit Ball with the game-winning score in the back corner of the end zone, setting off a wild celebration.
“We made that play right up on the spot,” Ball said. “To finish off Senior Night with a big play was really nice.”
Cave Spring coach Tim Fulton expressed the feelings of many of those who saw the unbelievable rally.
“I’ve never in my life seen anything like that,” Fulton said. “You saw the heart those kids have.”
Blacksburg 7 7 7 3 0—24
Cave Spring 7 7 0 7 6—27
B — Goforth 24 pass from Johnston (Wise kick)
B — Hale 53 pass from Johnston (Wise kick)
CS — Roach 1 run (Seymour kick)
CS — Foutz 53 pass from Emery (Seymour kick)
B — Lucas 17 run (Wise kick)
CS — Amos 2 fumble return (Seymour kick)
B — FG Wise 20
CS — Ball 5 pass from Emery (no kick)
First downs 14 18
Yards rushing 221 138
Passes C-A-I 6-10-1 14-25-2
Yards passing 98 197
Penalties-yards 3-40 7-50
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1
Punts-average 5-43 3-35
RUSHING — Blacksburg, Lucas 21-102, Shelton 19-110, Johnston 5-5, Fugate 1-4. Cave Spring, Roach 14-49, Rice 11-58, Curtis 4-13, Emery 11-18.
PASSING — Blacksburg, Johnston 6-10-1-98. Cave Spring, Emery 14-25-2-197.
RECEIVING — Blacksburg, Goforth 2-34, Hale 2-56, Verniel 2-8. Cave Spring, Foutz, 6-142, Rice 2-14, Albritton 3-27, Ball 1-5, Kidd 1-5, Curtis 1-4.
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