December 19, 2010 by wcobserver
WEST FORK- The Tigers offense ran out of sync in the first half and it ran out of time in the second.
In its Semi-Final matchup with Rivercrest on Friday, West Fork came away with a pair of second half touchdowns but still fell 17-14. The Colts will go to the 3A title game in Little Rock this Saturday.
West Fork ends the season with eleven wins under its belt.
“We knew that we were going to have to sustain some drives and get some points out of it,” West Fork coach Rodney Selph said. “In the first half we just weren’t able to do that. “In the second half we did. The defense, I thought, played well all night, they gave the one big play. Other than that the defense played great.”
“We just couldn’t sustain any drives in the first half,” Selph said. “This is a tough loss.”
The Rivercrest big offensive play Selph was referring to came on the Colts first snap from scrimmage to start the second half.
With the Tigers down 10-0 to start the third and having just gone three and out, West Fork punted to the Colts’ 45.
Rivercrest tailback Earl Bryd [5-78, 1TD] took an inside handoff and burst 55-yards up the middle for a Colt 17-0 lead with 10:24 left in the third.
On the ensuing drive, West Fork went to the hard smash-mouth brand of football that helped propel it to a ten game winning streak.
The Tigers were limited to 22 yards of total offense in the first two quarters, but tallied 179 yards in the second half.
After being limited to two first half carries for four yards, Logan Genz [19-84, 1TD] carried 6 times on the scoring drive for 27 yards. Running mate Wil Jarnagan [20-84, 1 TD] had 4 carries for 36 yards on the march.
Genz went over from a yard out to cap the 11 play, 64 drive and bring things to 17-7 with 5:43 left in the third.
West Fork (11-3) drew closer with a lengthy fourth quarter 20 play, 80 yard scoring drive.
Dylan Harrison’s completion to Tyler Dewitt for a 10 yard gain, Griff Smith’s 15 yard ramble on an end around and a roughing the passer call on the Colts on a third and long were the big gainers on the march.
vJarnagan went over from one yard out and Smith added the extra point for a 17-14 ballgame, but only 2:01 was left on the clock.
Rivercrest recovered the onside kick that followed. With the clock dwindling and no timeouts remaining for West Fork, Colt QB Demoine Brown scrambled for 10 yards on a third and six and a few kneel downs ended the games.
“They were able to grind it out in the first half,” Selph said. “We flipped that and we were able to grind it out in the second half. It was just too little too late.”
The Colts managed to move the ball for 170 first half yards, but were held to 62 second half yards. Fifty-five of those came on Byrd’s scamper.
West Fork sacked Brown four times in the second half.
After the Tigers (11-3) initial score, it was the Rivercrest (13-0) defense that stiffened.
Jarnagan was stopped for a 3-yard gain on first down, an incompletion followed and Genz was held to 3-yards on third and fourth downs as the Colts took over at its own 49.
The Colts got on the board on the second play of the second period. Brown [ 6-11, 72, 1 INT.] hit Tevon Howard [4-61] over the middle for a 18 gain. Brown went off-guard 6-yards on the next play to put the Colts up 7-0.
The next time Rivercrest got the ball, Trevor Grogory tacked on a 23 yard field goal for a 10-0 margin at 5:55 of the second.
“Going up 17-0 made it hard for them to come back,” Rivercrest coach Kelly Chandler said. “We didn’t have a letdown and that’s what good teams do. We didn’t make too many mistakes. You can’t give good teams too many breaks.”
Rivercrest will go on to face Harding Academy Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
The Wildcats defeated Fountain Lake 33-15 to earn its way to the finals.