Stanfield survives crazy ending

Stanfield senior playmaker Tyler Watson (ballcarrier) amassed 210 yards from scrimmage in the Tiger's thrilling 14-12 season-ending victory over Irrigon at Madigan Field on Friday.

By David Bashore

Herald sports reporter

Stanfield — Big plays and a bizarre ending highlighted Stanfield's first win of the season in their final game of the campaign, a 14-12 win over Irrigon.

Deep in Tiger territory but lacking a timeout with under a minute remaining, Irrigon quarterback Jamie McKoon spiked the ball at the feet of his linemen in an attempt to stop the clock after three successive running plays to try and punch it into the endzone.

The play unfortunately came on fourth down, however, which gave the ball back to Stanfield for one final kneel-down to kill off the game.

Afterward, Irrigon head coach Ray Davis assumed responsibility for the mix-up in awareness on what down it was.

"I was standing with the scoreboard to my back, and didn't see that it was fourth down when we were screaming for Jamie to spike the ball, so that one's on me completely," a dejected Davis said. "I really feel for the kids because they played so hard, and gave everything they had. I've never been more proud of a group of kids than I am of these guys."

Tyler Watson scored both touchdowns for the victorious Tigers and amassed 210 total yards from scrimmage by himself.

The first score came immediately after an Irrigon fumble on Stanfield's 3-yard line.

With their opening possession, the Knights looked like they were about to put a touchdown on the board but coughed the ball up deep in Stanfield territory.

Tiger quarterback Matt Ellis connected with Watson on the very next play for a 97-yard pitch and catch to give Stanfield the 6-0 lead.

Irrigon answered back in the second quarter with a pair of touchdown runs, the first being a 43-yard scamper by Steven Roberts — who piled up 102 yards on 19 carries — and the second a 20-yard run by Michael Mosquaido.

A nine-yard Watson dash late in the third-quarter provided the final margin, but the mayhem was only just beginning.

On the final drive, Roberts hit Tyler Carroll on a half-back pass, a play which seemed destined for an unlikely touchdown after Ellis bit on the run fake and let Carroll get behind him.

The Stanfield junior and Watson both converged upon Carroll and combined to make a shoestring, game-saving tackle which set up the final moments of chaos.

"It was a good win for our boys, and a nice way to finish off for the seniors," Stanfield head coach Curtis Corvino said. ?We dug ourselves into a hole like we had done all season, but we made adjustments and played very well in the second half."

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