Late touchdown spoils Rains' Homecoming

By TREY HILL, News-Telegram Correspondent

Oct. 26, 2008 - EMORY – They led nearly the entire game; however, the Rains Wildcats couldn't hold off a late rally and Rains gave up the winning touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game in a 22-20 loss to the Quinlan Ford Panthers on the Wildcats' homecoming Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats were clinging to a 20-16 lead with 2:29 remaining in the game and had just given up the football on downs at the Quinlan 18-yard line.

Quinlan quarterback Kyle Stone moved the chains through the air and on the ground. With the drive near mid field and in jeopardy, Stone connected with Nathan Riley to advance the football to the Rains 12-yard line. Four plays later Stone connected with Riley for a 12-yard touchdown that gave Quinlan the 22-20 lead with 37 seconds left on the clock.

Rains tried to put together a scoring drive in the remaining seconds, but time expired just after Rains crossed mid field.

Rains took the early lead when Colby Hoover scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Vandeventer for a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

Devan Anderson intercepted a screen pass from Stone and returned it 23 yards to set up the Wildcats' second touchdown, a 9-yard touchdown run by Travis Gibson. Hoover added the point-after kick to make the score 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.

When the Wildcats recovered a fumble on the following kickoff, it looked like Rains was in total control.

That changed when Stone intercepted a pass from Vandeventer and returned it 53-yards for a Quinlan touchdown. Stevie Flores ran in the 2-point conversion to make the score 13-8.

The two teams traded touchdowns – Rains on a 9-yard run by Gibson and Quinlan on a 6-yard run by Riley – which made the score 20-14 at the half.

All the momentum in the first half seemed a memory for Rains in the second half. Rains began the second half with a fumble and a four-and-out possession.

Just before the end of the third quarter, Rains drove down to the Quinlan 7-yard line, but their attempt at a 24-yard field goal bounced off the left upright leaving the 20-14 score.

The second half became a game of field possession, and by the middle of the fourth quarter, Quinlan had Rains pinned deep in their own territory which led to a safety for Quinlan.

Again Quinlan pinned Rains deep in their own territory, but this time Rains escaped with a 65-yard reception by Blake Hicks that moved the football to the Quinlan 22-yard line.

Rains failed to convert a first down and left too much time on the clock when they relinquished the football and Quinlan ended up driving the distance for the winning score.

Friday night Rains travels to Princeton to take on the Princeton Panthers.

Rains-Community, Stats

Quinlan 0� � � � 14� � � � 0� � � � 8� � � � -� � � � 22

Rains� � � � 13� � � � 7� � � � 0� � � � 0� � � � -� � � � 20

First Quarter

Rains – Colby Hoover 20 pass from Trevor Vandeventer (kick failed), 6:03

Rains – Travis Gibson 12 run (Hoover kick), 0:38

Second Quarter

Quin – Kyle Stone 53-yard interception return (Stevie Flores run), 11:44

Rains – Gibson 9 run (Hoover kick), 6:13

Quin – Nathan Riley 5 run (run failed), 3:17

Fourth Quarter

Quin – Tackled Rains quarterback in end zone for safety, 7:36

Quin – Riley 12 pass from Stone (kick failed),0:37

TEAM STATS

� � � Quinlan� � � � Rains

First downs � � � 11� � � � 16

Rushes-yards� � � � 35-83� � � � 37-116

Passing yards � � � 133� � � � 233

Total yards � � � 216� � � � 349

Comp-Att-Int� � � � 10-28-1� � � � 11-28-1

Punts-Avg� � � � 5-37� � � � 2-36.5

Penalties-yards� � � � 5-43� � � � 6-30

Fumbles-lost� � � � 1-1� � � � 2-1

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING – Quinlan: Stevie Flores 6-36; Colton Scott 3-17; Kyle Stone 14-14; Nathan Riley 6-6; Michael Bates 3-6; Tyler McBride 3-4. Rains: Travis Gibson 13-42; Cody Dickens 9-42 Trevor Vandeventer 7-12; Zach Young 5-12; Kenneth Cawthon 3-8.

PASSING – Quinlan: Stone 10-28-1, 133 yards. Rains: Vandeventer 11-28-1, 233 yards.

RECEIVING – Quinlan: Riley 2-51; Garrett Crosby 4-39; Zack Witherspoon 1-19; Al Balliette 2-18; Flores 1-6. Rains: Colby Hoover 7-146; Blake Hicks 1-65; Gibson 2-16; Nick Hancock 1-6.

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