Standing on the field, wet and freezing, Lone Tree was ready for the playoffs to start tomorrow.
The Lions knew they let a district title slip out of their grasp in an 18-14 loss to No. 8 Lisbon Friday.
“We are going to be on fire,” senior Bryan Forbes said. “Tonight is going to be rough. But we’re coming in tomorrow heated up and ready to get back out there.
“If this doesn’t get you fired up, nothing will.”
Lone Tree (6-3, 6-1) only lost twice last season, both times to the Class A state champion Lions from Lisbon (8-1, 7-0).
But it was Lone Tree that led 14-6 at halftime Friday night thanks to a pair of big plays.
Senior quarterback Gabe Lorack was like a ninja on an option play, faking the handoff and walking away from the play. When he started running downfield, only then did Lisbon and most of the crowd realize he had the ball. He went 63 yards for a score.
The extra point by sophomore Travis Gillham gave Lone Tree the 7-6 lead.
In the second quarter, after a series of bad punts by Lisbon, Lone Tree took over at the opponents’ 33. Lorack connected with Forbes on his only completion of the half to put Lone Tree ahead 14-6.
“We put ourselves in position to be successful and win it,” Lone Tree coach Regan Stone said. “But there’s a reason they are the defending state champions. They made plays.”
Lone Tree had the momentum until an unfortunate play. Lisbon was second-and-10 from their own 20 yard line when quarterback Logan Rickard was bum-rushed by a pride of Lions and tossed up the ball for grabs. Trenton Gosnell came down with it for Lone Tree.
But there was a face mask call on Lone Tree as they tackled Rickard.
“There was a momentum shift,” Lorack said. “That’s the way it goes. That’s football. Football is game of preparation, doing your job, but momentum plays a big part. We failed a couple times and they got the momentum.”
Aided by the 15-yard penalty, Lisbon drove down the field, converting a third-and-9 and a third-and-4 on the way to an 18-yard run by Trevor Moore — his second touchdown — that made it 14-12. The 2-point conversion try failed.
Lisbon sputtered on its next two drives, failing to cross the 50, and gave the ball back to Lone Tree with about five minutes left in the game.
On the first play from scrimmage, Lorack was intercepted by Brock Givens off a tipped pass. Lone Tree was going for the knock out blow and didn’t connect.
“We thought we could get the corner route on first down,” Stone said. “Take a shot since we were pinned a little bit. Get some field position and then run the clock.
“It just didn’t work out. They made a play.”
Lorack, who was 6-of-9 for 133 yards passing, didn’t mind the call.
“I like taking a risk,” Lorack said. “I thought I could get it.”
“When you have a quarterback like Gabe, go for it,” Forbes said. “The coaches are calling that. You’ve got to trust them.”
The play energized Lisbon, who converted a pair of third-down plays during a 10-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a quarterback sneak by Rickard at the goalline to make it 18-14 Lisbon.
“We forced them to put a drive together, and they did,” Stone said.
Lone Tree got the ball back at its own 20 yard line with 42.3 seconds left.
“I felt confident,” Lorack said. “I had confidence in my receivers. I knew we could make plays, stretch plays out. We gave ourselves a chance.”
Lorack connected with Forbes on a 59-yard pass play, but it was brought back to the Lisbon 45 after the Lions were whistled for a block in the back.
One play later, Lorack threw it to Trenton Gosnell for a 27-yard gain to the Lisbon 18 with 8.7 seconds left.
The first try into the end zone failed, and Lorack was sacked after a low snap to end the game.
Lorack liked their chances on the final play. “Obviously, go to No. 5 (Forbes),” Lorack said. “Go to him first … but we had plans.”
Now the district runner-up, Lone Tree has to adjust its plans. It still gets a first-round playoff game at home Wednesday, and maybe a rematch with Lisbon down the line.
“We can’t let this game define who we are,” Stone said. “We wanted this district title really bad, but so did they, obviously.
“We can’t mope around. We have five days and we’ve got to go.”
L – Trevor Moore 54 run (kick blocked).
LT – Gabe Lorack 63 run (Travis Gillham kick).
LT – Bryan Forbes 33 pass from Lorack (Gillham kick).
L – Moore 18 run (pass failed).
L – Logan Rickard 1 run (pass failed).
|Total Net Yards||237||269|
Rushing – Lisbon: Trevor Moore 17-115, Cameron Jorgenson 12-67, Logan Rickard 12-34, Tyler Svatosch 1-0, Mitch McAndrew 1-(-2). Lone Tree: Gabe Lorack 11-74, Levi Saterfield 12-42, Lucas Sieverding 3-13, Trenton Gosnell 7-7.
Passing – Lisbon: Logan Rickard 3-9-23-0. Lone Tree: Gabe Lorack 6-9-133-1.
Receiving – Lisbon: Mitch McAndrew 1-11, Tanner Sackett-Hopkins 1-6, Tyler Svatosch 1-6. Lone Tree: Bryan Forbes 4-99, Trenton Gosnell 1-27, Lucas Sieverding 1-7.