A seemingly routine play changed the fortunes on Friday night.
Going into the fourth quarter Coon Rapids-Bayard (2-1) trailed Boyer Valley 36-34. The Crusaders had the ball and were ready to take momentum in the back-and-fourth contest.
However, the length of the game and less than ideal field position conspired against the Crusaders.
“We just ran out of gas,” said Coon Rapids-Bayard head coach Chris Mohr after the game. “ We had it close at the start of the 4th quarter. We got pinned deep in our own territory and had to punt out of our own endzone. They rushed to block the punt and that rushed Tanner’s punt.
“(The punt) only went 14 yards right into the arms of a Boyer Valley player who returned it for a touchdown.”
That changed the momentum for the remaining 11:33 of the game.
Boyer Valley would later score off a 45-yard touchdown run, and a 50-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
Trailing 60-34 the Crusaders were able to get some life back when sophomore Omarion Floyd was able to power some life back into the sideline of the Crusaders.
Floyd was able to grab the kickoff and run through the Boyer Valley defense.
After rushing for 65 yards Floyd was able to gain the touchdown. Their two point conversion failed and the score stood at 60-40.
For the next seven minutes and 25 seconds neither team scored and Boyer Valley was able to gain the win.
For Mohr the biggest thing that hurt the Crusaders was the lack of execution in tackling the Boyer Valley runners.
“We had a lot of missed tackles on the night that turned into big runs and scores for Boyer Valley all night,” Mohr said.
The Crusaders had 363 total yards with 190 of those coming off the run.
Boyer Valley had 537 yards of offense with 29 yards passing and 508 yards rushing.
“Boyer Valley was really big up front and they had a huge size advantage on us,” Mohr said. “But, I felt like our kids held their own the whole game. We just missed too many tackles. Those missed tackles led to big gains and touchdowns for Boyer Valley.”
Gabe Obert finished with 90 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead the team. Tanner Oswald completed seven of 14 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Obert caught two passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.