Durant turns it around, scores in final try for win
With 38 seconds left, the Cougars use a bit of trickery to score a touchdown to top Brandon.
By BRANDON WRIGHT
Published October 2, 2004
DURANT - Last week Durant had two shots from the East Bay 1-yard line in overtime and couldn't score, dropping a heartbreaker to the Indians, 20-14.
"Losing to East Bay took the wind out of our sails," Durant coach Mike Gottman said. "The team was irate all week."
What a difference seven days make.
Durant's Chip Bowden scored on a bootleg from 2 yards out with 38 seconds left as the Cougars erased a 14-point halftime deficit to beat visiting Brandon 28-27 in a Class 5A District 7 meeting.
"I challenged the kids at halftime and they responded in the second half," Gottman said.
Matt Stwan was denied at the goal line twice against the Indians last week and it appeared the Cougars might be headed for the same fate against Brandon when Stwan was stuffed from the 2 on second-and-goal. But instead of trying to plow through a tightly packed Brandon defense, Bowden faked to Stwan on third down and scooted into the left corner of the end zone for the win.
Stwan again carried the Cougars offensively, racking up 218 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
"(Stwan's) our workhorse," Gottman said. "He's a three-sport athlete, has a 1280 SAT score and is just a great all-around kid."
The Cougars fell behind 21-7 at the half on a pair of quick Brandon strikes. Quarterback Tyson Gordon hit Arsenio Curry for an 80-yard score and Mike Brown burst around left end for a 68-yard touchdown.
"I did nothing but tear into our team at halftime," Gottman said. "We played good defense the whole first half and then give up a big play near the end and we shut down."
But Stwan pulled Durant even at 21 with third-quarter scoring runs of 43 and 8 yards. Brandon took the lead on Brown's second score of the night, a 35-yard touchdown off right tackle with 6:36 to play. But kicker Cabot Brown shanked the extra point, leaving the door open for Durant's 13-play, 5:58-long game-winning drive.