Spray/Wheeler 54, Burnt River 28
UNITY - Mental mistakes and too many turnovers proved disastrous for Burnt River as the Bulls dropped a 54-28 decision to Spray/Wheeler in TriCo League football action on Friday, Oct. 4.
The loss dropped the Bulls' record to 1-2 in league games and 1-4 overall.
Burnt River started out on the wrong foot and Spray/Wheeler was able to jump out to an early 16-0 first-quarter lead on touchdown receptions by James Hand and Tyson Davis, but after that the Bulls began to mount a rally.
Parker Schnetz opened the second quarter by ripping off a 72-yard run to pay dirt at the 11:02 mark and tacked on the extra point conversion to make the score 16-8.
On the first play from scrimmage by the Eagles, Steven Roark picked off a pass from quarterback Zach Bruce and the Bulls were back in business at the Spray/Wheeler 16-yard line.
Burnt River quarterback Cody Anderson wasted no time and hit Schnetz with a touchdown pass on the first play. The conversion attempt failed, and the Bulls were now trailing by only two points, 16-14.
After that, things went downhill in a hurry.
Bruce picked off an Anderson pass and Travis Frazier followed with a 23-yard run good for a 24-14 lead with 6:13 remaining before halftime and at the 4:38 mark, the Eagles put another touchdown on the board after a fumble recovery gave them the ball at the Bulls' 19-yard line.
"We played pretty good ball at times, but mental mistakes and turnovers just killed us," Burnt River coach Brian Bradford said. "They played a tough game against us, and there was a lot of hard hitting going on out there. We also played well, in spurts. Some of their hits weren't all legal, and our kids said they were the dirtiest team we've played this year."
The Eagles were penalized nine times for a total of 67 yards in the game.
A 10-yard pass from Anderson to Bobby Bradford cut the Spray/Wheeler lead to 30-22 with 8:49 remaining in the third quarter, but eight points was as close at the Bulls would get.
Frazier scored on a 52-yard run, Bruce returned a punt 57-yards for another touchdown and Hand grabbed a 19-yard pass as the Eagles exploded for 24 points to carry a 54-22 lead into the final 12 minutes of action.
Schentz put up the final points of the game catching a 20-yard Anderson pass at the 2:52 mark of the fourth quarter.
Schentz led the Burnt River rushing attack with 75 yards on 18 carries and caught six passes for an additional 83 yards.
Roark had three receptions for 68 yards.
Anderson was 13-for-27 in passing for the Bulls good for 178 yards, but threw two costly interceptions.
Frazier rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries and Pack had 97 yards on nine attempts to pace Spray/Wheeler.
Bruce was 10-for-14 for 221 yards and four touchdowns.
Burnt River ends the season on Friday, Oct. 11, at Jordan Valley.