Fi­nal Four Min­utes Cost Mus­tangs

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

Hol­lis­ter scored two touch­downs in the fi­nal four min­utes of the game, in­clud­ing a 67yard touch­down pass with 58 se­conds left, to beat McDon­ald County 35-28 on Sept. 14 at Hol­lis­ter High School.

Hol­lis­ter scored two touch­downs in the fi­nal four min­utes of the game, in­clud­ing a 67-yard touch­down pass with 58 se­conds left, to beat McDon­ald County 35-28 on Sept. 14 at Hol­lis­ter High School.

Hol­lis­ter’s late flurry helped the Tigers over­come another in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance by McDon­ald County run­ning back Oak­ley Roessler. The se­nior fin­ished the game by rush­ing for 287 yards on 30 car­ries. That gives Roessler a two-game to­tal of 639 yards in con­sec­u­tive weeks and a sea­son to­tal of 967 yards in four games.

But Hol­lis­ter was able to eke out the win, us­ing a 21-point fourth quar­ter to rally past the Mus­tangs.

McDon­ald County trailed 14-7 at half­time af­ter two first-half fum­bles led to Tiger touch­downs.

McDon­ald County closed 14-13 on its first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half, march­ing 80 yards in eight plays af­ter Michael Wil­liams in­ter­cepted a Hol­lis­ter pass in the Mus­tang end zone. Roessler car­ried six times for 70 yards, in­clud­ing a 31-yard touch­down with 4:27 left in the third quar­ter. Dy­lan Al­li­son’s kick was wide left, leav­ing Hol­lis­ter with a 14-13 lead.

The Mus­tangs took less than a minute to score its sec­ond touch­down of the quar­ter. Sopho­more Jack­son Clark­son re­cov­ered a fum­ble on the en­su­ing kick­off, giv­ing McDon­ald County the ball on the Hol­lis­ter 21-yard line.

It took Roessler just two car­ries to get into the end zone, the sec­ond a 19-yard run with 3:49 left in the quar­ter. Roessler also ran the ex­tra

point to put the Mus­tangs up 21-14.

The Mus­tang de­fense forced a punt on the Tigers’ next pos­ses­sion, but the Mus­tang of­fense stalled af­ter march­ing in­side the Hol­lis­ter 25-yard line.

The Tigers then went 73 yards in 10 plays to tie the game 21-21 with 9:28 left in the game.

McDon­ald County then came up short on its next pos­ses­sion — by six inches. Fac­ing a fourth and two at mid­field with 7:18 left in the game, Roessler was stopped short of a first down by six inches.

The Tigers cap­i­tal­ized by go­ing 50 yards in eight plays to take a 28-21 lead with 4:03 left in the game.

The Mus­tangs an­swered in just over a minute. Af­ter start­ing on their own eight­yard line af­ter an il­le­gal block penalty on the kick­off, the Mus­tangs got a first down on the 19 af­ter an eight-yard run by quar­ter­back Ben Mora.

Roessler then bounced off a tackle on the left side off the line and out­ran the Tiger de­fense to the end zone for an 81-yard touch­down. Al­li­son’s kick tied the game at 28-28 with 2:48 left.

But af­ter a hold­ing penalty put Hol­lis­ter in a third and 12 sit­u­a­tion, the Tigers’ Lay­ton Mor­gan es­caped a strong pass rush to find a wide-open Lo­gan Ar­mitage be­hind the Mus­tangs’ sec­ondary for a 67-yard touch­down with less than a minute to go. Clay Hum­byrd’s ex­tra point capped the scor­ing in the Tigers’ 35-28 win.

“It was a tale of two halves,” said coach Kellen Hoover. “I never had us ready to go from the first whis­tle. You could tell that in the first half. Our kids just weren’t ready to go. I have to do a bet­ter job as their coach get­ting them ready to play in the first half. The kids fought back and came out and played re­ally well in the sec­ond half. We just fell a lit­tle short. It comes back to ex­e­cu­tion — we have to ex­e­cute bet­ter and that kind of has been our M.O. for the first four weeks.”

McDon­ald County came out and marched 68-yards in eight plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Roessler ran one-yard for the TD af­ter Mora hit Bos­ton Dowd for 38 yards to put the ball at the one-yard line.

But the rest of the half was all Hol­lis­ter. The Tigers went 50 yards to tie the game af­ter re­cov­er­ing a Mus­tang fum­ble at mid­field.

Hol­lis­ter then re­cov­ered its sec­ond fum­ble on con­sec­u­tive Mus­tang pos­ses­sions, tak­ing over at the McDon­ald County 12-yard line. Ar­mitage’s 12-yard touch­down run gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead at half­time.

“This was a game I def­i­nitely think we had our chances to win,” Hoover said. “We never quite took hold of the game. I made a cou­ple of bone­head calls I wish I could take back. The kids are go­ing to learn from it and I am go­ing to learn from my mis­takes. We are re­ally go­ing to have to knuckle down this week at prac­tice. We are re­ally go­ing to fo­cus on what we can do bet­ter go­ing for­ward.”

In ad­di­tion to Roessler’s 287 rush­ing yards, Mora ran for 24 yards on 17 car­ries. He also threw for 85 yards on seven for 10 ac­cu­racy. Dowd caught four passes for 67 yards, while Reece Cooper had one catch for 12 yards,

Roessler had one for four yards and Ju­nior Teriek had one for two yards.

Mor­gan fin­ished with 249 yards, com­plet­ing nine of 17 passes to lead Hol­lis­ter. His fa­vorite tar­get was Ar­mitage, who caught five passes for 194 yards. Ar­mitage also ran for 35 yards to lead the Tiger ground game, which was held to 103 yards.

McDon­ald County, 2-2 for the sea­son, hosts Ne­vada on Sept. 21 for home­com­ing. Game time is 7 p.m. with home­com­ing cer­e­monies be­ing held prior to the kick­off.

“The kids fought back and came out and played re­ally well in the sec­ond half. We just fell a lit­tle short. It comes back to ex­e­cu­tion — we have to ex­e­cute bet­ter and that kind of has been our M.O. for the first four weeks.”

Kellen Hoover MCHS Foot­ball Coach

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County line­men El­liott Wolfe (74), Tan­ner Harnar (54) and Kaidan Camp­bell (50), along with Will Gor­don and Trys­ton Leach — not shown, paved the way for Oak­ley Roessler to run for 287 yards in the Mus­tangs’ 35-28 loss to Hol­lis­ter on Sept. 14 at Hol­lis­ter High School.

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