“I’m just getting behind my line,” Kozak said of his huge night that included 252 rushing yards on 26 attempts. “They do all the work. I just follow them. All credit goes to the line. They did a fantastic job. That’s what won the game.”
CV’s next two possessions ended in interceptions. Sidney’s Raven Serverino stepped in front of Pert pass for the first one, and Bessett made an sliding interception in the end zone on the next one, that giving Sidney possession at its 20 with 2:32 left.
But Sidney couldn’t muster a first down as it attempted to run out the clock. It set up for a punt with about 50 seconds left, but high snap led to a block. A CV defender scooped it up and returned it to Sidney’s 1.
Trumino scored on the next play to make it 42-40, with 44 seconds left. But Zak Green deflected Pert’s two-point pass near the right pylon, keeping it a two-point game.
When Tanner Schunk recovered CV’s onsides kick, Sidney’s victory was finally secure.
“It’s huge for the young guys to get the first game out of the way, especially with a win,” Kozak said. “Everybody is determined to make this a big year.”