Holcomb, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–Friday night’s game between Scott City and Holcomb resembled a heavyweight bout. Both teams threw punches, but stayed alive. It would be the Beavers with the knockout punch, as foreign exchange student Tim Bolle comes up clutch with a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give Scott City a 31-28 victory over the Longhorns Friday night.
Holcomb got on the board first with 10:25 left in the first quarter, on a 64-yard run by Heath Tucker. Tucker’s point after try made it 7-0 Longhorns. Scott City responded with a nine play, 65-yard drive, and with 7:09 remaining in the first, Paco Banda plunged in from one yard out. Bolle’s extra point tied the game at seven.
In the second quarter, Holcomb capped off an 89-yard drive on 14 plays that took 8:06 off the clock, as Tucker scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from a yard out with 7:50 remaining before halftime, and made it 14-7 on his extra point kick. Just like Holcomb’s first score, the Beavers would respond with a five-yard rushing score by Chantz Yager with 4:16 before halftime. Bolle’s kick tied the game at 14. After Brayden Strine picked off Tucker, Scott City used a 35-yard pass play to Strine from Brett Meyer on third and 30. Trey O’Neil would score from two yards out on the final play of the first half to give the Beavers their first lead, as they took a 21-14 lead into the break.
It looked as though Scott City was going to go up by two scores. On a third down play from the Holcomb 18, a Beaver fumble was recovered by the Longhorns at the 27 yard line. Three plays later, Tucker scored from 66 yards out to tie the game at 21. The Longhorns would stuff Scott City on fourth down at the Beaver 44 yard line. Holcomb responded with a Tucker to Cory Roth pass play from eight yards out with 1:49 left in the third quarter, and the Longhorns led 28-21 after three quarters.
Scott City responded with a score to tie the game at the 9:46 mark of the fourth quarter ona one-yard run by Martin Gough, and Bolle’s extra point tied the game at 28. After the Longhorns drive stalled at their own 43, a Roth punt pinned the Beavers at their own nine yard line with 6:22 left. Scott City would keep the ball for the rest of the game, that was filled with dramatics on their game-winning drive. The Beavers converted a third and nine from their own 10, a third and 13 from their own 33. On the very next play, a 37-yard pass play from Meyer to Strine. Scott City would drive the football to the Longhorn two yard line. They would burn their final timeout of the game with one second remaining that set up the 20-yard field goal by Bolle. As Holcomb coach Jerry Johnson was trying to call timeout, Bolle drilled the ball through the uprights, and Scott City escaped Holcomb with a 31-28 win.
In the win, the Beavers improved to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the Great West Activities Conference. It was their 40th straight win in the regular season, dating back to week nine of the 2008 season. They’ve also won 17 straight GWAC games, and 38 of 41 league games dating back to 2004. Holcomb dropped to 1-2 overall, 0-2 in the GWAC.
Up next for the Beavers is a trip to Ulysses Friday night. The Tigers spoiled Colby’s homecoming with a 52-16 rout, and improved to 2-1 on the season, and 1-0 in GWAC play. Holcomb travels to Goodland next Friday. The Cowboys are 3-0 on the year after their 46-21 win over Wray, Colorado.