CONRAD - BCLUW did more than any other team in Class 1A District 4 had done against Woodward-Granger, and the Comets narrowly missed taking that trend one step further.
BCLUW scored the first points the third-ranked Hawks had surrendered in district play Friday, but Woodward-Granger eventually rallied back for an 11-9 triumph to remain undefeated. Nobody had been within 13 points of W-G this year.
The Hawks (8-0, 6-0) got 10 of their points from Jacob Musser, who scored on a 15-yard fumble recovery and a 32-yard field goal to help Woodward-Granger overcome a 3-0 halftime deficit.
T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE
BCLUW running back Cole Thompson is brought down by a pair of Woodward-Granger defenders after his third-down run set up a Comet field goal in the second quarter of Friday’s Class 1A District 4 football game in Conrad.
BCLUW (2-6, 0-6) remained winless in district play despite scoring first on a 22-yard Mac Simpson field goal with 3:10 left in the second quarter.
Musser got the Hawks on the scoreboard first, converting a turnover into a touchdown, and Andrew McCune made it 8-2 with his two-point conversion run.
BCLUW responded with Cole Thompson's 25-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Gunderson, but Thompson's two-point run failed, leaving the Comets ahead 9-8.
Musser's field goal in the fourth put the Hawks ahead for good, as another BCLUW field-goal attempt missed its mark as the potential go-ahead score.
Woodward-Granger had outscored its first five district foes by a combined 168-0, but the Hawks managed just 278 yards of total offense. The W-G defense made it stick, though, limiting the Comets to 163 yards in their staunch upset bid.
Both teams had four turnovers.
McCune finished with 122 yards rushing to lead the Hawks, while Taylor Ashman passed 16-for-25 for 165 yards with one interception. Cory Crnkovich had five catches for 79 yards.
BCLUW got 81 yards rushing from Thompson. Sophomore quarterback Conner Ubben was 6-for-21 passing for 75 yards with two interceptions. The first pick came after the Comets had driven to the 1-yard line following Zach Cashin's onside kick recovery on the opening kickoff.
Cashin had 36 yards receiving to lead the Comets and Lane Caster added three catches for 33 yards while also intercepting a pass on defense. Cashin and Deonce Cushinberry both had a team-high 11 tackles, while Logan Simpson had nine stops with two for loss and a fumble recovery.
BCLUW closes out its season next Friday night at home against Hudson (4-4, 4-2).