Though they’d won the last two editions of the Mountain Bowl, Evergreen (2-2, 1-0) entered as the underdog to a Conifer (3-1, 0-1) team that had averaged nearly 44 points per game.
The Jaguar defense harassed Lobo quarterback Thomas Kim all day. Trailing 7-3 at half, Conifer drove deep into Evergreen territory. That’s when Ryan Hays intercepted a Kim pass. Evergreen marched down the field and went up 14-3 on a touchdown run by Joe Danni.
Following a fourth quarter field goal the Jaguars appeared to have the game in hand. Trailing 17-3 with just under seven minutes left Conifer drove down field and pulled to within seven on a Brandon Payer touchdown run.
Conifer had two more chances to tie but turned the ball over on downs each time.
Evergreen visits Arvada next Saturday while Conifer heads to Lutheran.