Last-second TD lifts spirits in Caddo’s final game
by By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter
CADDO - The Bruins got a storybook ending to their football season on Friday.
On Senior Night, the last game of the season, it was freshman linebacker Daniel Stone who took the spotlight.
Stone gobbled up an Elmore City-Pernell fumble and returned it 90 yards for a Bruins touchdown with 2.7 seconds left in the game. The score prevented a shut-out by the Badgers.
Senior Joao Lima capped the play with the point-after kick, ensuring that a member of the class of 2014 would be the last to score on the Bruins’ field this year.
The 34-7 loss was a lot less bitter after Stone’s defensive TD. Caddo ends their season with a 3-6 record and looks forward to a return to eight-man Class B in next season’s realigned districts.
“It puts a little pep in your step going into the off-season,” Coach Jeremy Proctor said. “We’re going out on a good note.”
Senior running back Tanner Grace had 120 rushing yards to pass the 1,000 mark. “That felt really great,” Grace said. “I’ve been trying to get to 1,000 all year.”
Quarterback Wyatt Wright rolled his ankle early in the game and sat out most of the first half.
“Right off the bat, we lost our quarterback and it was devastating,” he said. “But we had some guys step in. Zack Walker came in with very few reps. He came in and did an excellent job executing plays.”
Wright returned in the second half and connected on some good deep passes to Walker and Corey Savoy.
“It was devastating at first when I rolled my ankle,” Wright said. “I tried to do my best in the second half after I got it taped up.”
The Badgers got off to a 15-0 halftime lead thanks to running back Edgar Gonzalez. He reached paydirt again in the third and fourth quarters to pace a 28-0 ECP lead.
A bad snap on Caddo’s next possession deep in Bruin territory was scooped up by the Badgers for a defensive TD midway through the fourth. The shut-out looked all but certain until Stone’s fumble recovery.
The Bruins will graduate 11 seniors next spring, so newcomers like Stone and sophomore Walker will head up the football team in the fall of 2014.
“Coming up to 11-man has been challenging, but I had great coaches who helped out with the lines,” he said. “Coach Millerman and Coach Walker do an excellent job. You have to have the coaches behind you so I give the credit to my coaching staff.”
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