SPRINGTOWN — The Springtown Porcupines came within 18 yards of forcing Liberty Christian into overtime during the season kickoff Friday night at Porcupine Stadium.
The Porcupines, who headed into the fourth quarter trailing by a mere four points, found themselves in ideal territory after a 50-yard kick return gave them possession on Liberty Christian’s 1-yard line. With five minutes to go, Ryan Snow punched it in to tie things up at 37 all.
But five minutes proved to be just enough time for the Warriors, who milked the clock to march down from their own 6-yard line. Despite three stops by the Pojo defense to keep Liberty’s running backs out of the end zone, kicker Mikael Sroka, who had made a 47-yard field goal earlier in the contest, found the uprights once again to put the Warriors on top for good.
“It’s a very disappointing result,” Springtown head coach Brad Turner said. “The thing was we weren’t able to put them away when we had the chances. And they didn’t lay down.”
Springtown had the edge the entire first half, scoring four minutes in when Colby Moore found Dylan Ray for 9 yards with 8:49 in the first quarter.
The Warriors bounced back to tie it before Pojo kicker Javier Reynoso made a field goal of his own 23 yards out. Snow followed that with a run for four yards, and after swapping a touchdown a piece, Sroka made his 47-yarder at the buzzer to get the Warriors within a touchdown at halftime, 23-17.
“For our first ball game, we kind of had a lull in our intensity,” Turner said. “But considering we had four of our starters out, we played a really good game, and offensively, we did some good things.”
Moore proved to be the highlight of the offense, completing 16 passes for three touchdowns and 223 yards. He added 12 carries and 79 yards on the ground as well.
Snow led all rushers with 19 carries and 91 yards.
LC 7 10 17 6 - 40
SHS 10 13 7 7 - 37
SHS - Colby Moore 9 pass to Dylan Ray (Javier Reynoso kick)
LCS - Foster Ford 11 pass to Christian Burks (Mikael Sroka kick)
SHS - Reynoso 23 field goal
SHS - Ryan Snow 4 run (Reynoso kick)
LCS - Ford 22 run (Sroka kick)
SHS - Moore 30 pass to Ray (Reynoso kick)
LCS - Sroka 47 field goal
LCS - Sroka 30 field goal
LCS - Camron Cornett 43 run (Sroka kick)
SHS - Moore 9 pass to Ray (Reynoso kick)
LCS - Ford 22 pass to Graham Richardson (Sroka kick)
LCS - Sroka 46 field goal
SHS - Snow 1 run (Reynoso kick)
LCS - Sroka 18 field goal
Team stats: LCS SHS
First downs 30 22
Rushes-Yds 46-324 31-177
Passing Yds 138 223
Com-Att-Int 13-24-1 16-31-1
Total Yds 462 400
Penalties 10-80 7-78
Punts-Avg 3-37 3-36
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Rushing: LCS - Cornett 19-173, JonAaron Howell 16-101; SHS - Snow 19-91, Moore 12-79.
Passing: LCS - Ford 13-24-1, 138; SHS - Moore 16-31-1, 223.
Receiving: LCS - Josiah Hartzler 2-40, Richardson 2-34; SHS - Ray 5-92, Snow 2-50, Caleb Whiteman 5-41.