Warriors' rally falls short
The West Caldwell Warriors saw a late rally fall short as Bandys hung on for a 28-25 victory on Friday in Gamewell.
West Caldwell falls to 1-5 overall, 0-2 in the Southern District 7 2A Athletic Conference.
“That’s just how the kids are,” West head coach Kyle Dunn said of the team fighting from behind. “If there’s still time on the clock, they’re never going to give up. Our defense knows that if they can get a stop, our offense can be a quick-hitter.”
Bandys (3-3 overall, 1-1 Southern District 7) scored on its opening possession. Devan Cox found Jeremy Carr in the corner of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, the Trojans attempted to convert a fourth and five, but West Caldwell’s Elijah Battle picked off the pass and returned it down to the Bandys 26-yard line. One the very first play of the possession, Haden Hagaman took it all the way to tie the game at seven all.
Later in the quarter, Bandys scored on a two-yard run by Dylan Street. The Warriors responded on the ensuing possession with a three-yard touchdown by Dylan West. However, the extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 14-13 in favor of the Trojans.
Bandys added to its lead with 14 seconds to play in the half when Logan Beegle hit Carr for a four-yard touchdown pass to give the Trojans a 21-13 advantage at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, West Caldwell drove deep into Bandys territory, only to get intercepted at the nine-yard line. Twelve plays later, the Trojans found themselves in the end zone on a seven-yard run by Quiante Derr to take a 28-13 lead with just 6:39 to play.
However, the Warriors would not go away quietly. With 2:37 remaining, Dayton Helton recovered a fumble deep inside Bandys territory. Two plays later, West scampered nine yards for the score, but the two-point conversion failed and the Warriors still trailed by two possessions.
West would get the ball back at the Bandys 19 after partially blocking a punt. On the very next play, West hit Battle for a 19-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-25 with 54 seconds to play.
The ensuing onsides kick bounced around and it appeared as if the Warriors had recovered, but after the pile was cleared up, it was Bandys who had the football. After two kneel downs, the clock expired and the Trojans held on for the win.
West Caldwell will next host Maiden next Friday.
BANDYS 28, WEST CALDWELL 25
BANDYS^7^14^0^7 – 28
WEST CALDWELL^0^13^0^12 – 25
B — Jeremy Carr 18 pass from Devan Cox (Travis Kiser kick), 9:04.
WC — Haden Hagaman 26 run (Grayson Barnette kick), 9:44.
B — Dylan Street 2 run (Kiser kick), 4:48.
WC — Dylan West 3 run (Barnette kick failed), 3:21.
B — Jeremy Carr 4 pass from Logan Beegle (Kiser kick), :14.
B — Quiante Derr 7 run (Kiser kick), 6:39.
WC — Dylan West 9 run (Dylan West 2-pt. pass to Elijah Battle, failed), 2:37.
WC — Elijah Battle 19 pass from Dylan West (Dylan West 2-pt. pass to Malik Wiley, failed), :54.
RUSHING SEmD Bandys: Logan Beegle 8-74, Quiante Derr 16-61, Logan Hughes 12-56, Dylan Street 6-19, Devan Cox 4-19, Dylan Wambold 1-11, Javon McCorkle 2-(-3), Team 2-(-2). West Caldwell: Rakeem Spikes 10-42, Haden Hagaman 15-38, Dylan West 9-33, David Denison 1-3, Marquel Jackson 1-1, Team 1-(-1).
PASSING SEmD Bandys: Devan Cox 7-11-0, 72 yards, Logan Beegle 3-5-1, 43 yards. West Caldwell: Dylan West 8-17-1, 125 yards.
RECEIVING SEmD Bandys: Jeremy Carr 4-73, Jaylin Lineberger 2-26, Dylan Street 1-9, Dylan Wambold 1-4, Quiante Derr 2-3.West Caldwell: David Denison 3-54, Elijah Battle 2-53, Malik Wiley 2-22, Rakeem Spikes 1-(-4).