ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — It was a NIC-10 showdown for the ages on Friday night as the Boylan Titans hosted the Hononegah Indians. Two rivals who squared off on a rainy evening. It was decided by a Bryce Goodwine field goal with one second remaining giving Hononegah at 16-14 win over the Titans.
The wet conditions made for a low-scoring back and forth battle. Hononegah led most of the night until running back Mekhi Glover scored on a 39-yard touchdown run just making it inside the pylon with 6:58 to play to tie the game at 13. Bella Spera’s extra point kick gave Boylan the lead 14-13.
Hononegah was forced to punt on it’s following possession. Boylan got the ball back on offense deep in its own territory. The Titans had a chance to put the game away, but with under two minutes to play they were unable to convert for a first down and were forced to punt.
Hononegah took possession in Boylan territory with 1:34 remaining. The Indians ran three straight handoffs up the middle to set up Bryce Goodwine for a 36-yard field goal attempt. Goodwine had made two earlier field goal attempts in the wet conditions.
With five seconds on the clock Boylan sent out Goodwine for the field goal attempt. Boylan called two timeouts to try to ice Goodwine. That didn’t work. Goodwine calmly booted the field goal with plenty of leg to spare with one second left on the clock giving Hononegah a 16-14 lead.
On Hononegah’s following kickoff Goodwine booted a short kick up the middle. Boylan lateraled on the return resulting in a fumble. There was a mad scramble on the Boylan sideline for the ball. It was unclear who recovered the ball. It seemed time had run out. Hononegah’s players certainly thought so. They ran on the field to celebrate, but the officials ruled the players had run onto the field before the play had been whistled dead. Hononegah was penalized for forced to kickoff again.
Again Goodwine squibbed the kick. A Boylan player fell on the ball and the final second ticked off the clock. Hononegah had a 16-14 win in another classic Boylan-Hononegah battle.
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