Heartbreaker…Davis catches Hail Mary Springfield Beats Centerville 26-20

The varsity football team welcomed the Springfield Wildcats to Centerville Stadium on Friday night trying to even their record at 2-2 and get a jump on the GWOC National League East race with an opening conference win. Things looked good early as the Elks drove the field on their second possession and cashed in when QB Alec Grandin hit WR Jake Spiewak from 15 yards out to take a 7-0 lead.  Following a Wildcats’ turnover, the Elks once again drove the length of the field.  On first and goal from just inside the ten-yard line, QB Colin Debord, running the wildcat, sprinted around the left side and into the end zone.  Walters’ PAT made it 14-0 and that is how the first quarter ended. In the second quarter, the Elks continued to play stingy defense and frustrate the Wildcats’ explosive offense.  Late in the quarter, the Elks drove deep into Wildcats’ territory again but were unable to convert on fourth and short just inside the 25-yard line.  The visitors took advantage of that stop and drove the length of the field behind some spectacular runs from their playmaker, Danny Davis.  QB Leonard Taylor scored from a yard out with just 20 seconds left in the half, but Riley Poulton blocked the PAT and the teams headed to the locker room with the Elks in front, 14-6. In the third quarter, both teams played stingy defense and held the other scoreless and the game headed to the final twelve minutes with the Elks leading, 14-6. In the fourth quarter, the Elks drove the length of the field looking to put the game away, but the Wildcat defense bowed it’s back and the Elks had to settle for a 33-yard field goal by Brandon Walters for a 17-6 lead with 9:59 left in the game.  With their backs firmly planted against the wall, the Wildcats used a couple of big plays to get into scoring position.  They cashed in when Shane Ramey ran it in from 12 yards out to cut the Elks’ lead to 17-12 with 8:05 left.  The Elks defense stood tall on the 2-point conversion attempt and stopped the Wildcats just short.  Disaster struck on the next possession as Ramey stepped in front of an Elks pass and took it 20-yards into the end zone.  He then ran in the 2-point conversion and the suddenly the Wildcats had a 20-17 lead with 7:11 left in the game.  Colin Debord weaved in and out of Wildcat defenders on the ensuing kickoff return to set the Elks up at the Springfield 38-yard line.  The Elks methodically drove deep into the Wildcats red zone but were stopped on the 6-yard line.  Brandon Walters booted a 24-yard field goal to tie the game at 20 with 2:29 seconds left.  The final possession for the Wildcats started at their own 38-yard line.  They drove into Elks territory and called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left and the ball on Centerville’s 38-yard line.  Leonard Taylor came in at quarterback and threw a long pass toward the end zone where Davis out leaped three Elks defenders and fell into the end zone to give the Wildcats a stunning, 26-20 victory on the game’s final play. Now 1-3 on the year and 0-1 in the National League East, the team returns to action next Thursday night when they travel to Springboro High School to take on the Panthers in Thursday Night Lights at Care Flight Field.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM and can be seen live on Fox’s over the air channel of 45.2 or on digital channel 995.  It has also been chosen as the National Game of the Week. The JV team beat the Wildcats this morning, 28-22, but the freshman team lost, 35-6.

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