With a chance to tie on the two-point conversion, Vibbard moved to his right and tried to throw over the middle but his pass one-hopped a Sidney receiver in the middle of the end zone.
Sidney forced a three-and-out and got the ball on its 23 with just under 40 seconds left.
When Vibbard hit Kozak hit for 26 yards near the left sideline, Sidney had the ball at Harpursville’s 46 about 20 seconds left, but Harpursville’s Cody Snow intercepted Vibbard’s next pass along the left sideline to seal it.
“Not at all,” Harpursville coach Tim Petras said when asked if he ever felt comfortable. “Until that scoreboard read all zeroes, we weren’t comfortable. We knew at halftime, there’s too much talent with Kozak, one heck of an offensive line and a tough quarterback. It was only a matter of time before their offense opened up.”
When Lee scored the last of his touchdowns on a 4-yard run up the middle, the Hornets had a 28-14 lead with 6:49 remaining.
That set up Kozak’s best play of the night. On a third-and-35 from Sidney’s 48, Vibbard threw a swing pass to the speedy Kozak along the right sideline. Kozak weaved way his up the right sideline, avoiding several tacklers en route to a 52-yard scoring play to make it 28-20 with 4:34 to go.
“Third-and-50, or whatever it was, at that point I knew that was our best choice, because if you give (Kozak) an open space, it would be good,” Matthews said.
Vibbard finished with 364 passing yards.
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