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Last-second Field Goal Sends Byrd Past Cave Spring 27-24

Cave Spring Senior #9 Jordan Bryant heads to the end zone with a 30-yard touchdown reception that tied the game at 24 midway through the third quarter.

Freshman Brent Coleman’s 18-yard field goal as time expired propelled William Byrd to the 27-24 win over Cave Spring Friday night at Dwight Bogle Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

Coleman’s heroics were set up moments earlier when Terrier junior quarterback Zac Hill found senior Tanner Weaver on a hail Mary bomb to the Knight 2-yard line with under ten seconds left in regulation.

Byrd ran a play to the center of the field, called a timeout with 3.7 seconds left, and on came Coleman for the winning boot.

The two teams had put on an offensive show in the first half with a combined 41 points posted. The Terriers, coming from behind three times, scored the final ten points of the opening half to take a 24-17 lead to the locker room.

Byrd was led in its triple-threat running game by Hill, who finished with 152 yards on 32 keepers, along with Simeon Horstmann’s 109 yards on 15 carries and Darryl’s Preston’s 13 totes for 56 yards.

The Cave Spring offensive show came through the air, as senior quarterback Connor Baker threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns, including strikes of 58- yards to Jon Evans, 21-yards to Jack Woody, and a 30-yard completion to Jordan Bryant midway through the third quarter that tied the game at 24.

The second half was mainly a battle of field position as the Cave Spring defense stiffened until the final series unfolded.

Both teams prospered in the kicking game as Coleman hit a field goal late in the first half as well as being 3-for-3 on PATs. Daniel Seymour returned the favor for the Knights, hitting all three of his point-afters and connecting on a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter.

William Byrd dominated on the ground, outgaining the Knights 317-18 yards.

1)William Byrd quarterback Zac Hill follows the blocking of #35 Darryl Preston to pick up yardage Friday night. Hill finished with 152 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns for the Terriers

– By Bill Turner

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