Broncos Notch Dramatic Homecoming Win

11 months ago Skylar Johnson 0

Sometimes in football it only takes one play and the whole game changes.

For Poston Butte, one play changed the outcome to a Homecoming game that won’t be soon forgot.

Vista Grande traveled to Poston Butte last Friday night, and for those who were attending, the game did not disappoint.

The Broncos came away with a dramatic 21 – 20 victory in a game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

The first quarter, getting off to a slow start, was a quarter littered with penalties and good defense. After a couple of punts, it was scoreless going into the second quarter. Then out of nowhere to start the second quarter, a 90 yard touchdown pass from Eddie Villegas to Damir Evans put Vista Grande on the board. Poston Butte responded quickly putting together a great drive, capped off with an 18-yard touchdown run by Larry Tripp. Poston butte completed its extra point and took the lead 7-6 going into halftime.

The second half started off rough for the Broncos. A first down fumble, recovered by the Spartans, gave Vista Grande great field position. Another big play from Villegas to Evans, which included some great yards-after-the-catch by Evans, allowed Vista Grande took back the lead. The Spartans again attempted the two-point conversion and this time it was successful, leaving the score, 14-7.

A big run up the middle by senior running back Kurtez Holland put Poston Butte in the red zone looking to score. A stop on third down by the Spartans defense forced a field goal, which was missed, keeping the score 14 – 7 with nine minutes left in the game.

In an unexpected substitution, Carter White, who started the game at tight end and linebacker, and is also the Broncos’ backup quarterback, replaced starter Connor McDonald, who left the game with an injury.

After a few good runs by White, Larry Tripp scored his second rushing touchdown of the game and after the extra point the game was tied, 14-14.

Vista Grande scored quickly and took the lead 20-14 after a missed two-point conversion. Vista Grande got the ball back with less than five minutes left in the game. Poston Butte’s defense was put to the test as Vista Grande chose to go for it on fourth-and-six but was unsuccessful.

With 2:30 left in the game, the ball was back in the Broncos’ hands with a chance to win.

Carter White led his offense effectively in the final quarter, completing a first-down strike to Angel Boykin, chewing some clock on the ground, and then completing the biggest play of the game:  A pass to the back right corner of the end zone to a wide open Javier Munoz.

Senior kicker Zack Piwniczka hit the game-winning PAT for the Broncos.

After the game, when asked about that final play, Carter White said, “It feels amazing, my hands are shaking, I can’t even describe the feeling.”

The Spartans had a few seconds to throw a Hail Mary heave, but the Broncos’ defense prevailed.

Poston Butte head coach Dain Thompson had nothing but positive things to say afterwards.

“It was great to see them having fun, (getting the win on homecoming) that’s what’s this is all about,” the Broncos’ first-year head coach said.

Carter White ended 9-of-12 with 75 yards passing in addition to 72 yards rushing, and a never-to-be-forgotten touchdown pass. Larry Tripp added six carries for 35 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Javier Munoz ended with six receptions for 34 yards and a never-to-be-forgotten touchdown catch.

Tyler Thompson led the Broncos on defense with 10 tackles.

Poston Butte is home next week against Mountain View.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.