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Maryville escapes Central
10-02-2005, 07:05 PM
VolNation's Grand Poobah
[b] Just winning by a foot |
Koyano's 47-yard FG gives Maryville 17-14 victory over Central
October 1, 2005
Taka Koyano kicked the game-winning field goal, but Lendl Caldwell should get the game ball.
The junior kicker's 47-yard field goal with 3:10 remaining pushed Maryville to a 17-14 win over region rival Central in a battle between the top two teams in Class 4A.
But it was Caldwell who pushed Koyano into football.
When the two friends were freshmen, Caldwell asked his buddy to come out with him for the football team.
"I just showed up and tried out," Koyano said.
The top-ranked Rebels (6-0, 3-0 in Region 3-4A) did a lot more than just show up.
Maryville's defense held No. 2-ranked Central (5-1, 2-1) to just 64 yards in the first half and the Bobcats ventured across midfield only once in the first 24 minutes.
"We didn't play offense well all night," Central coach Joel Helton said.
Maryville's offense scored on two of its first four possessions to take a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Adrian Baker scored on a 49-yard option play less than 3 minutes into the game, and Tyler Maples, who finished with six catches for 96 yards, caught his only touchdown passof the game on a 39-yard fade from quarterback Brent Burnette in the final minute of the first quarter.
By the time the second quarter started, Maryville's offense started to sputter.
The Rebels stalled inside the Bobcats' 10-yard line on an 11-play drive before halftime prior to back-to-back False-start penalties backed Maryville up to the 13. Albert Sacchet, who handles the field goal duties inside of 40 yards, missed a 30-yarder at the end of the half that would have given Maryville a 17-point lead at the break.
In the third quarter, Maryville's offense became Central's best chance to score.
A.J. Nance took a Maples fumble 27 yards for a touchdown to cut Maryville's lead in half just before the end of the third quarter.
After the teams traded turnovers on the next two series, cornerback Sean Adkins picked off a Derek Hunt pass - Maryville's fourth, and final, turnover of the night - at the Central 3 and took it all the way back to score and tie the game.
Thanks to a pair of long passes by Burnette on Maryville's next drive and a timely sack by Central's Jarius Bush, Koyano got a chance for his first career field goal.
"I was confident, but nervous," Koyano said. "I was thinking about practice and what I work for."
It definitely worked. Koyano's kick sailed straight through the uprights with a few yards to spare for the lead and the eventual win.
But Maryville's defense came up big one last time to seal it.
Central strung together its best drive of the night with barely more than 3 minutes to go.
Taking over at its 19,Central moved to the Maryville 25-yard, thanks to three completions and an 8-yard run by quarterback Zach Helton and a 7-yard gain by David Gaston.
"At the end, I thought we had it," said Gaston, who finished with 93 total yards despite suffering a rib injury in the first quarter. "You have them right where you want them."
As the clock rolled under a minute and already in range of kicker Lones Seiber, Helton rolled to his right out of the pocket on second-and-2 looking toward the end zone.
His pass slipped out of his hand and right into Kat Kimsey's with 39 seconds remaining.
"All we were thinking was get the ball back," Kimsey said. "The game was going to overtime."
After Burnette twice took a knee, Maryville watched the clock run out on its 74th win in its last 76 games and its third three-point win over Central in the last five times the teams have met.
For Central coach Joel Helton, the game had an all-too-familiar feel.
"These are two pretty good football teams," he said. "It's the same old (stuff)."
For Koyano it was all pretty new.