Warrior Comeback Falls Short
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 6th, 2008
Tonight in Bellwood David almost beat Goliath again but on this night, David (Played by Sr. qb Bradley Swindell) threw his rock JUST a bit off the mark and as that stone landed in Goliaths (played by the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils) hands with 3 minutes to go in the fight this great Warrior comeback fell short.
With the score 33-29 in favor of the Blue Devils and 6 minutes left in the game Everett started a drive on their own 29 but came up short. In a game that featured just about everything a fan could wish for i.e. long drives, quick strikes, heavy hitting defence, great special teams plays, turnovers…you name it, it happened.
Bellewood opened up the scoring with a 58 yard scamper by starting tailback Zack McCaulley who is filling in for the injured Randy Pfaler. Everett then used a turnover on the Bellwood 25 to tie the game at 7 with a 2 yard td pass from qb Brad Swindell (15-38, 213 yards, 2 tds, 3 ints) to Cory Waltman. More on that duo to come. On the ensuing kickoff Bellwood QB Nate Gray returned the ball 76 yards to the Everett 9, but the Blue Devils were stuffed at the 2 by a swarming warrior defence. This was all for naught as on the first play from the 2 Waltman was hit in the backfield and fumbled into the endzone, the ball was recovered by Bellwoods Jeff Novak and the Blue Devils went up 13-7.
On the next warrior play Zack McCaulley leaped in front of a pass at the Bellwood 45 and came down with the ball. It took 1 play, a 55 yard run by Tim Collier, to make the score 19-7. Everett wasn’t giving up and with 2 minutes remaining in the half the warriors drove 74 yards and capped the drive with a 14 yard td pass to Corey Waltman, who had 7 receptions for 97 yards and 2 tds, making the score 19-13 at the half.
To start the second half Bellwood stopped a fake punt and 3 plays later McCaully scored from 2 yards out and the route was on or was it? With the score 33-13 Coach John Hayes pulled his first string offence and Everett took advantage of it. Stopping the blue devils in 3 plays, the Everett Warriors then put on a wing-t clinic. They used 6 minutes in driving to the Bellwood 1, and a tipped pass fell into the hands of Zachary Millen and the score went to 33-21. The 4th quarter was more of the same with the Everett D coming up big and stuffing the returning 1st string Blue Devil offence. Everett then used another long drive with qb Swindell throwing the ball all over the field and marching his team to paydirt again, this time a well timed jump ball to Damiane Barger in the endzone and the conversion made the score 33-29. That’s the way the scoring ended in a game that no team can walk away a loser.
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