“Even when we knew they were passing, we had a heck of a time stopping it,” said Harpursville coach Tim Petras, who watched Vibbard complete 18 of 33 passes for 350 yards in the second half, and Kozak catch eight passes for 206 yards. “The athleticism of Sidney and their quarterback, for a high school kid he has excellent accuracy. At times, we were helpless.”
Though Sidney gave itself a chance Friday with a furious fourth-quarter comeback, the two biggest plays came in the first quarter. On Harpursville’s first drive, the Hornets set up to punt on fourth-and-2 from their 40. Then a Sidney player jumped offsides, giving Harpursville the first down.
Steven Lee scored on a 5-yard run seven plays later. On the two-point conversion, Sidney appeared to have Lee bottled up on a run to the left side. But the tiny running back bounced off a tackler and made it into the corner of the end zone for an 8-0 lead.
“There’s no quit in that kid and he plays much bigger than his frame,” Petras said. “They had it stopped originally, but Steven didn’t stop and that turned out to be the difference.”
Walton failed on all five of its conversion attempts against Delhi. The Warriors scored one more touchdown than Delhi, but the Bulldogs had a chance to tie after Brian Ingram’s 4-yard scoring run with 2:09 left. Conner Gioffe’s two-point pass fell incomplete, but it was another missed two-pointer that Kelly lamented.
After Ingram scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, Delhi handed off to Ryan Telian on the two-point try, heading left. Telian took it a little wider than Kelly would have liked and was stopped about a yard short.
“We missed a two-point conversion early and thought we had enough daylight that the guy could have turned it up field,” Kelly said.