Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

Coyotes squeak by Lake Arthur


September 5, 2018

With his team trailing with less than a minute left, Ethan Short of San Jon/Grady recovered an onside kick, then scored the winning touchdown as time expired in a 76-71 six-man football victory Friday at Lake Arthur that featured eight lead changes.

The Coyotes (1-1) took leads of 44-26 and 52-32, but the Panthers (0-2) chipped away in the second half and seized a 71-64 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Coyotes coach Adrian Jones acknowledged exhaustion played a role in his team's lead evaporating. But he also said his squad showed resilience, as well.

"I'm so proud the kids fought to the last buzzer," Jones said. "That's what we preached the whole game."

The Coyotes had a chance to tie it late in the game after Chad Becerra caught a short touchdown pass from Short, but the extra-point kick missed, leaving the score 71-70.

Short recovered the Coyotes' onside kick with about 45 seconds left. On the final play, Coyotes quarterback Chisum Rush scrambled, then passed to Short in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown to win it as time ran out.

San Jon/Grady's next game is at 6 p.m. Friday at Hondo Valley.

Springfield (Colo.) 46, Logan 18

Turnovers caused Logan to fall into a deep hole early and never recover during a 46-18 eight-man football loss Friday at Springfield, Colorado.

Springfield (1-1) scored on its first possession. Logan (0-2) fumbled on its first two possessions, and Springfield responded with a score each time to take a 22-0 lead.

Logan coach Chase Disney lamented turnovers amid his potent offense that racked up 397 yards rushing.

"We had five fumbles and lost four of them," he said. That's what killed us. We moved the ball amazing. We just couldn't finish."

Logan quarterback Kyle Knight rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. He also was 5-for-16 passing with a touchdown and no interceptions. Teammate Jantzen Paris rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Logan's next game is at Magdelena at 7 p.m. Friday.


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