Spring City comes from 28-16 deficit to win in Overtime
September 7, 2018
Spring City, TN — Spring City and Dayton City renewed their old rivalry on Thursday night in Spring City. Spring City came into game with 3-0 record, while Dayton City came in with 2-2 record, but records went out the window for this one. Early, it looked like Spring City might run away as they rolled up 16-0 lead in the first quarter, but Dayton City School came back with a flurry, scoring 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 20-16 halftime lead.
In the second half, it took only seconds for Dayton City School to take a 28-20 lead when Bryce Dupre took the kickoff and fumbled back to 15 yard line. He then proceeded to navigate through the defenders and raced down field for 85 yard touchdown. Ethan Davis added the conversion for the 28-16 lead.
Spring City took the kickoff and set up shop on their won 32 yard line. Tank Alloway picked up couple of first downs and helped move the Bulldogs down to the 42 yard line of Dayton City School. From there he carried up the middle and found soft spot in the defense and streaked 42 yards for the touchdown to pull Bulldogs within 28-22. Conversion attempt failed and with 4:32 left in third, Bulldogs trailed by six.
Bulldogs did not wait long for next opportunity as Dayton City fumbled on the kickoff return and Cooper Bracket pounced on the loose ball at the Sweat Bee 42 yard line. Once again it was Alloway moving the Bulldogs down for three first downs that found the Bulldogs inside the Dayton City ten yard line. During the drive the third quarter expired. Bulldogs moved to inside the one yard line before a fumble ended up in the end zone and Dayton City came up with loose ball to thwart the drive and get the ball at the 20 yard line with 6:37 left in regulation.
Dupre moved the ball up to the 47 yard line with nice run. But couple of plays later Jaxon Reed made a nice play in Sweat Bee backfield and runner fumbled the ball on the way down. Hunter Crowe came up with loose ball on sideline and Bulldogs were in business at the Sweat Bee 47 yard line. A penalty on the play moved the ball down to the 32. It was then a trio of backs (Alloway, Houston & ODell) that moved the ball down to a first down inside the ten yard line, before Kade Houston took the ball into the end zone. Two point conversion was stopped by Bryce Dupre and game was now tied 28-28 with time winding down in the game.
Bryce Dupre helped move the ball up to around midfield after the kickoff and then Ethan Davis appeared to have put a dagger in the heart of the Bulldogs with 26 seconds remaining in the game with a 75 yard run for a touchdown on a fantastic run full of cutbacks and a burst of speed at the end. But the yellow flag on the field back around midfield brought the celebration to an end. Emotions changed quickly, but there was still time and DCS now had the ball at the Bulldogs 42. Bulldogs and DCS exchanged turnovers and Bryce Dupre had a nice run to end the game but scoreboard showed no winner and overtime was necessary.
Dayton City took the ball on offense first and the Bulldog defense stopped DCS three consecutive runs with nice tackles by Caleb O’Dell and Caleb Pugh to force a 4th and goal. Sweat Bees decided to go to air on 4th but Bulldog rush forced a rushed throw by quarterback Dupre and J.R. Wilson got a hand on the ball and it fell harmlessly to the ground and now it was time for the DCS defense to hold. After Alloway moved the ball down to the one yard line, it was he followed the surge of the offensive line into the end zone and Spring City had won the game 34-28.
Tough loss for Dayton City School, but in truth, would have been tough for either team. Both teams had lots of heroes on the night but only one could come away with the win.
There was kickoff return for touchdown, punt return for touchdown, fumble recoveries, interceptions and several long runs. But in the end, it was the defense of Bulldogs in the overtime that gave the offense a chance to win the game.
After the game Coach Anthony Loden said, “It was exciting and we had a packed house.”
“It wasn’t pretty, but we were lucky enough to get it. Alloway got what we needed when we needed it.”
“I can’t see it getting any better than this. This win guaranteed us at least second place in the district and a chance to host first round of playoffs.”
“They(DCS) got a few good players and took it to us tonight.”