Last minute field goal gives D’Evelyn upset win
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado” A 45-yard field goal by Kyle Petry that struck, then bounced over the crossbar with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave D’Evelyn a stunning 30-28 victory over Palisade in a Class 3A, first round state playoff game Saturday at Stocker Stadium.
The junior’s successful fourth-down kick, culminated an a eight-play Jaguars drive that stalled at the Palisade 35 yard-line after moving the ball from their own 24 when the D’Evelyn defense forced the Bulldogs to turn over the ball on downs.
With 2 minutes and 52 seconds remaining and Palisade clinging to a 28-27 lead they had taken earlier in period, D’Evelyn quarterback Garrett Griffeth moved inside Bulldog territory quickly, hitting for gains of 19 and 14 yards on passes to receivers Connor Davis and Sean Rebek.
Griffeth, who threw for 373 yards and two touchdowns, was sacked by Palisade defensive lineman Nic Stephanus for a loss of eight yards to put the clamps on the Jaguars rapid march down the field.
Two plays that netted four yards after Stephanus’ sack set up the game-winning play for Petry, who had missed field goal attempts of 51 and 29 yards earlier.
D’Evelyn sealed the win when they recovered a fumble by Palisade running back Travis Fehlman just inside the left sideline with 39 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs, who ended the year with a 8-2 record, held short-lived leads twice.
Matt Young’s 81-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Jake Appling combined with Fehlman’s successful extra point kick after the touchdown allowed Palisade to take a 21-20 lead with 4:59 left in the first half.
Three plays after the kickoff, Griffeth connected on a 76-yard bomb to Sean Rebek to take a 27-21 advantage to halftime. Young scored on a 12-yard pass interception of a Griffeth for Palisade’s other lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldog senior was involved in three of Palisade’s four touchdowns. In the first quarter, he pulled down a 61-yard Appling pass. On the day Young had three receptions for 134 yards.
Likewise, Griffeth also had a busy afternoon.
Along with his two passing touchdowns, the senior gave D’Evelyn a 13-0 first quarter lead on scores of 3 and 28 yards.
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