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October 7, 2012

Warriors fall, 31-30, in thriller

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Forks hadn’t attempted an extra point all night, but after taking back-to-back timeouts, Sherwood came on for the winning PAT.

Sidney got the ball back with 52.2 seconds at its 37, but three incompletions followed by a middle screen to Kozak that went nowhere on fourth down ended the Warriors’ chances.

“That was by far the most physical game I’ve played in,” said Kozak, who made an impressive adjustment on an underthrown ball by Vibbard and scored on a 70-yard play in the first quarter.

The Blue Devils went ahead, 24-22, with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter after a late pass interference call.

On third-and-goal from the 10, Sweeney threw to the end zone. Sidney’s Nate McDonald got his hand on the ball, but about two seconds after the play, the official in the back of the end zone

dropped his flag and called

interference.

It gave Forks a first down at the 5 and Isaiah Zimmer scored off the left side for his second touchdown of the night.

“It was a great high school football game,” said Matthews, whose team will still qualify for the Section Four Class C playoffs with a win at Newark Valley in two weeks. “We don’t like to be on the losing side, but that was a great game.”

The Warriors saw two key players injured.

Brandon Walters injured his left ankle on the first play from scrimmage. He continued to play at linebacker on the hobbled leg but played sparingly on offense the rest of the way.

The other injury appeared far more damaging. Two-way starter Damian Zimmer made a leaping interception in the middle of the field with 2:36 left in the second quarter. He headed left on the return and didn’t appear to see DeOrdio until the last second. DeOrdio went low on the tackle and his helmet hit Zimmer’s left knee. Zimmer left the field on a stretcher and was taken to the hospital.

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