Jacob Yates and his friends put everything but feathers in the soup kettle for a cookout at Jasper Butero Field last Friday evening, but all the hard culinary work was to no avail as the Dayspring Christian Eagles eked out a single point victory in an overtime playoff.
The Eagles prevailed 51-50 in what turned out to be a veritable shootout, but it all went down to single offensive opportunities for each team following a 44-44 tie in regulation. Hoehne won the toss in the extra period and Hunter Robins pushed the ball over the goal line from two yards out on third down. A pass attempt for two points went awry. The Eagles Caleb Unwiller hauled in a perfect spiral from senior quarterback Jonathon Cowles for the tie. The extra point kick by Cowles was good, and that was the difference.
“Everyone did a good job, even though we lost,” said Yates who rallied his team with two phenomenal runs that saw him jettison above waiting tacklers for big gains, three touchdown runs, and 234 rushing yards. “Our line did everything well. They were solid. The line and all of us let it get away from us at the end. Now we have to let it go and get ready for Kiowa.”
“We couldn’t get them off the field,” added assistant coach Mike Dasko. “We had them third and long several times and let them have it. But our kids played well. We lost to the two top teams in the state by a total of three points. Our kids are going to be okay. I’m really proud of them.”
Senior Hunter Robins added 115 yards to the Farmer 409 rushing total. Trystan Moltrer chipped in with 57.
“They gave us all we wanted, and more,” lamented Eagle’s Coach John Schwartz. “They were everything we expected them to be. We saw them on film and knew what we were in for. They were tough and strong and played really well.”
On a blustery and cool evening, an array of Hoehne defenders, brilliant and bruising at times, made life miserable for the Eagles from Sterling. Sophomore Trystan Moltrer recorded nine hard tackles, a tackle for a loss, two defended passes, one hurry, and three assists. Yates tallied seven tackles, two assists, a sack, and a tackle for a loss; Jesse Solano six tackles and two assists; Kyle Kreutzer nine tackles and a pass defended; Robins seven tackles, one assist, and a defended pass; Tony Payne six tackles, one assist, and a tackle for loss. Dayspring countered with four touchdowns by Unwiller and two on the quick legs of Cowles. The Eagles scored seven touchdowns and 51 total points, but it wasn’t easy.
Coach Gabe Dasko reiterated the pre-game impression of the Eagle’s coach. And he, too, liked the overall effort of his valiant Farmers against the talented number two ranked Eagles. “Our kids played well,” said the head coach. “They played hard for me. They worked their butts off. We both fumbled the football but they got theirs back. Our backs and line played well. They work hard in games every week. Next week we start League play and that is most important. We’ve got to get better each week. We still have five to go.”
The sixth ranked Farmers (2-2) will travel to Kiowa on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff in a game that will launch Southern League play.
Hoehne 16 14 8 6 6 – 50
Dayspring 7 9 13 15 7 - 51