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Hornets topple Rams in OT


September 21, 2017

Joshua Tangeman

Pine Bluffs Hornets #45, Beau Scarborough, # 20, Andrew Fornstrom, and #40 Kyle Thurin raise their arms up in victory after the Hornets came from behind and stung the Big Horns Rams in overtime.

A great team figures out how to win when it is in trouble.

Such was the case for the Pine Bluffs Hornets Friday night. Down 14-0, the defending 1A state champions not only had a hill to climb, but atop that hill was Big Horn, last year's 2A state champion. With a shift in classifications, the two powerhouses are both in the 1A division this year.

Heading into Friday night's game the Hornets were ranked third, while Big Horn owned the top ranking.

After climbing into overtime, Big Horn struck quick scoring on its first play. The PAT gave Big Horn a 21-14 lead. It took the Hornets four downs to score to move within 21-20. That is where the drama came to a head. Kick an extra point and go into a second overtime or go for a two-point conversion and either win or lose on the last play of the game.

"We knew going into overtime that if we scored we were going to go for two," said Hornets coach Will Gray. "Big Horn is a good team and the longer we gave them a chance to win the less our odds were of winning."

All three touchdowns came via the legs of Haize Fornstrom with scores of 10 yards, five yards, and three yards. Fornstrom also took in the two-point conversion from three yards out.

Joshua Tangeman

Hornets #55, Hunter Jeffries, #65 John Merryfield, # 22 Isaiah Montanesand # 21 Josh Herman celebrate the Hornets score!

Fornstrom finished the night with 76 yards on 13 carries and the scores.

Pine Bluffs rushing attack was led by Isaiah Montanes' 20 rushes for 97 yards and Brian Streger who had 18 carries for 60 yards.

Gray had high praise for his line.

"Hunter Jeffres at center and middle Linebacker and John Merryfield at defensive tackle and right tackle on offense are both leaders of the group upfront and do their jobs every play," Gray said.

Coming from such a large deficit on the road, Gray had a positive overall assessment of the Hornets.

"Overall I thought the kids played well minus the two big plays we gave up," Gray said. "Offensively we have gotten off to a slow start for each of the first three games so we need to get that fixed. We need to be more balanced offensively, and we are working on that."


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