Bruins hold on to tie with Devils after blocked field goal

Irvin GoodwinAugust 17, 2008 

Lancaster running back Wilric Waiters is hit by Great Falls' Isaiah Lynn (6) and Stevo Squirewell (9).

DANIEL PLASSMANN • SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

It was more than fitting that the decisive play in a scoreless battle was made by the defense during the second period.

Lancaster defensive tackle Ben Caskey twisted around his teammate to block a 27-yard field goal attempt from Great Falls kicker Gaither Bumgardner with 18.9 seconds remaining, keeping the contest scoreless.

"I got behind one of my teammates on a twist," Caskey said about the blocked kick. "All I was thinking about at that point was giving my team a chance to win."

The blocked field goal foiled a 13-play, 49-yard Red Devil drive, which moved to the Bruin 11-yard line with less than a minute remaining. The running of Terrance Jeter and Stevo Squirewell resulted in three first downs to give Great Falls a shot at the winning kick.

With the ball at the 11 with the clock running down, Great Falls coach Ken Schofield elected not to throw into the end zone, but instead use the field goal for the win.

"It all depended on the situation," Schofield said. "I looked at the distance we had to go, so we decided to either win by three or settle for the tie.

"And, it was a chance for us to work on our field goal team in that situation."

Both teams did move the ball offensively. Lancaster used the quick feet of quarterback Matt Resse, who scrambled for 28 yards on six carries. The Bruins moved 30 yards on eight plays on their first possession to the Red Devil 33, only to lose possession on a fumble.

On the next possession, Great Falls also picked up 30 yards on eight plays, but also lost possession with a fumble.

From that point, both defensives controlled the action, and that was the case when the Bruins came through with the blocked kick to preserve the tie.

"We did not play well and we have a lot to work on," Lewisville coach Bennie McMurray said. "That is all I really can say about this one."

TEAM STATISTICS

GFHS LHS

First downs 6 4

Rushes-yards 21-61 13-34

Comp-Att-Int 1-7-0 3-7-1

Passing yards 8 20

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 4-30 3-15

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