Wilson delivers OT upset in Caddo homecoming game
by By Zach Maxwell Staff Reporter
CADDO - The Bruins suffered a heart-breaking overtime loss to Wilson during the Homecoming game on Friday.
Caddo trailed 7-0 since just before halftime, then tied the game in the final minute before losing 14-13 in overtime.
“It was a grind-it-out football game,” said Caddo Coach Jeremy Proctor. “We knew it was going to be that kind of a game. Our starting center was out this game. We had our backup center and that’s why it was a little difficult, he was having some trouble with the line blocks but I think next week we’ll be ready to go and have our starting center back.”
The Bruins (1-1) endured several frustrating offensive sequences in the first half, but the defense held the Eagles thanks to defenders like Virgle Mincher, Logan Toler and Zack Walker. Neither team scored until the final two minutes of the half.
Caddo blocked a Wilson field goal early in the second and recovered on the Eagle 35. They forced Wilson into a fourth and long but rushed the punter and lost the ball on the penalty.
Caddo got the ball back but fumbled on the second play from scrimmage deep in Bruin territory. This set up a quarterback keeper for Wilson’s Lane MClennahan at 2:02 from the five yard line. The point-after kick was true and Wilson took a 7-0 lead into the half.
Corey Savoy had a nice interception just before the half and a fumble recovery in the third. Juan Chavez and William Voyles played big defensive roles in a scoreless third quarter. Unfortunately, penalties and a pair of sacks on Wyatt Wright kept the Bruins off the board as well.
“In the second half we adjusted,” Proctor said. “We’ve got to run right at them up the middle. You start going on different counts and things like that and you can get them on their heels.”
Midway through the fourth, the Bruin faithful got noisy and helped inspire a determined scoring drive for Caddo. Go-to rusher Tanner Grace had a couple of hard-fought first downs and he and Wright muscled the ball to the goal line.
Wright hustled into the end zone easily on a fourth and goal play into the heart of the Wilson defense with 51 seconds to go. Joao Lima’s kick was good to tie the game at 7-7 and force overtime, which spurred the Caddo VFD to set off fireworks in celebration.
Wilson struck first, lining up at the 10 and getting a short pass from McClennahan to Kylar Hunziker for the OT score. The kick was good and Wilson led 14-7.
On Caddo’s play, Grace slashed into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage for the answering score. But Lima’s point-after kick fell flat and it was a sudden death win for the Eagles.
The Bruins will host the Durant junior varsity team on Thursday night in the annual “Bryan County Bowl.”
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