Losses don’t come much tougher than this.
Wyatt Bryan kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired Saturday to give Douglas County a 17-14 victory over Rocky Mountain in a nonconference football game at French Field.
What stings most about the loss is how the Huskies had the chance to attempt the winning kick. Seemingly headed for overtime, Rocky fumbled the ball at its 22-yard line with 1:45 remaining.
“Every time you lose on a last-second field goal, you feel like you let down your fans, your school and everything,” Rocky junior quarterback Tyler Stevens said. “This is really tough.”
The fumble came on a second-down play after the Lobos took over with 2:29 to play. It looked to be a back exchange on a handoff between Stevens and Max McDonald that caused the fumble.
Douglas County (3-1) pounced on the loose ball. The offense gained 11 yards and ran the clock down to three seconds. The kick was a low line drive, but it went through for the victory.
It left the Lobos winless in four games this season.
“Our kids played their tails off and we came up a play short. That’s really what happened,” Rocky coach Mark Brook said. “It was a great high school football game and you never want to come out on the losing end of that. The kids played so hard; they deserved better.”
Rocky and Douglas County exchanged blows most of the game like two heavyweight boxers, neither willing to give in. The Lobos struck first with a 16-play, 80-yard drive to open the game. McDonald scored from 4 yards out for a 7-0 lead.
Douglas County tied it after blocking a punt and recovering it in the end zone. The Huskies also started the second half with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that gave them a 14-7 lead.
A fumble by the Huskies early in the fourth quarter gave the Lobos some life back. They took over at the 12 and scored on a 3-yard run by McDonald on a fourth-and-1 play. It tied the game with 9:36 remaining.
Each team had one possession before Rocky’s fumble. When the Lobos took over, they ran one passing play that gained 2 yards before the fumble on the next play.
“I’m not going to say we were content to try to go to overtime, but field position wasn’t in our favor and we had the wind in our face,” Brook said. “Would I do a few things different? I don’t know. It’s hard to say.”
McDonald finished with 60 yards on 15 carries and the two touchdowns. Rocky managed only 154 yards on offense, 70 coming on the opening drive of the game.
Douglas County had only 181 yards on offense. The Huskies had only 48 yards and one first down in the first half.