Sparkman beats BuckhornPublished 1:06pm Saturday, October 22, 2011
BY SHANNON LAMPTON / SPECIAL TO THE RECORD
With 40 seconds to go, it looked like the same nightmare unfolding for Sparkman. Buckhorn had just retaken the lead on a steady, march down the field that led to a touchdown.
But, for the first time this year, Coach Haynes said, the Sparkman players looked at him and said, “We got this. We just need a good return.”
And they got one: Blake Chapman took the kickoff at the 15, slipped a few defenders, and then it was off to the races, and the endzone, and a lead they would not relinquish.
The Bucks took an early lead when QB Logan Traylor connected with Bentley King for a 12 yard touchdown. They made it 13-0 when Taylor hit Hunter Chapman for a 10 yard touchdown. The PAT was no good.
With the Bucks up 13 – 0, and the first half ticking away, Sparkman had stalled and was facing a punt. In punt formation, Adam Lau stepped back and threw a 42 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Caldwell. With the Miller Mazak PAT, the score was 13-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Adam Lau caught a 17 yard pass from Banks to take Sparkman’s first lead. Mazak tacked on the extra point and the score at the end of the third quarter was 14-13. In the fourth, the Bucks scored immediately, on an 11 yard pass from Traylor to Tyler Caldwell. The Bucks’ two point conversion try was good and it was 21-14
Then things got interesting. Halfway through the quarter, a high and mishandled Buckhorn punt led to a Sparkman safety, making the score 16-13. On the very next drive, Sparkman’s Blake Chapman bulled into the end zone from 3 yards out to make the score 22-27. The Bucks scored with a time winding down on an eight yard QB keeper with 40 seconds left, 27-22 lead.
That’s when Blake Chapman did what the coaches hoped he would do all year: turn on the afterburners. He hit the seam, made the TD, and the Bucks didn’t have enough time to respond. When time expired, the Senators poured out onto the field, excited by their first win.