What suspense? The Boyd Yellowjackets scored the go-ahead touchdown with a whole eight-and-a-half minutes left in Bowie Friday night.
The ‘Jackets were trailing the undefeated Jackrabbits by two when Blake McDonald hit Chris Carmona from 26 yards out. McDonald then completed the two-point conversion pass to Cole Meador, and the Boyd defense held Bowie scoreless to secure the 22-16 win.
The victory in the district opener put Boyd’s record in the black at 3-2.
Neither side scored in the first frame, but the home team threatened when an interception and return put the ball at the ‘Jackets’ 26. A Michael Partin sack for a nine-yard loss capped the defensive stand and Bowie punted.
But the hosts took a lead early in the second quarter as Richard Pellizzari hit Jay Ward on a 35-yard touchdown pass and Tanner Tomlin kicked the PAT.
It took almost five minutes, but Boyd answered when McDonald ran a keeper in from a yard out. Nathan Thomas’ kick made it 7-7.
Four minutes later, speedy Fino Cardona broke away for a 21-yard touchdown scamper, and Thomas’ kick was good as Boyd led 14-7 at halftime.
With just over two minutes gone in the third quarter, Bowie’s Conrad Willett sacked McDonald in the end zone for a safety to make it 14-9.
Bowie got the ball back and drove to the Boyd 3 before they were called offsides and moved back to the eight. The Yellowjacket defense held, and on a fourth-and-nine, Partin tackled Bowie’s runner for no gain, only to be called for a “horse collar” – Boyd’s only penalty of the night.
That gave Bowie a first down and new life at the Boyd six. On a third and goal at the one, they fumbled into the end zone and recovered for a touchdown to take the lead, 16-14.
The McDonald-to-Carmona touchdown strike put Boyd back on top, and a stingy defense highlighted by a Meador interception kept the ‘Rabbits at bay. Bowie threw incomplete four times on their final series.
Balance was key for Boyd, as they passed for 133 yards and rushed for 134. Cardona had 30 carries for 103 yards, while McDonald was 9-for-12 passing. Carmona was on the receiving end of three passes for 74 yards.
Bowie mounted only 187 total yards and had eight first downs to Boyd’s 11.
Both teams punted well as receiving teams were content to let the wet ball roll dead. Bowie averaged 43 yards on seven punts while Boyd punted six times for a 38-yard average.
The ‘Jackets will host Pilot Point next Friday for homecoming.
BOYD 22, BOWIE 16
Boyd … 0 … 14 … 0 … … 8 – 22
Bowie … 0 … 7 … 9 … … 0 – 16
Bowie – 11:51; Richard Pellizzari 35 pass to Jay Ward; Tanner Tomlin kick
Boyd – 6:25; Blake McDonald 1 run; Nathan Thomas kick
Boyd – 2:11; Fino Cordona 21 run; Thomas kick
Bowie – 9:48; Conrad Willet safety; Tomlin kick
Bowie – 5:56; Fumble retrun; Tomlin kick
Boyd – 8;27; McDonald 26 pass to Chris Cardona; 2 point conversion
BOYD … BOWIE
First downs … 11 … 8
Rushes-yards … 35-134 … 29-62
Passing yards … 133 … 125
Total yards … 267 … 187
Comp-Att-Int … 9-12-1 … 8-28-1
Punts-Average … 6-38 … 7-43
Fumbles-lost … 1-1 … 1-0
Penalties-yards … 1-0 … 5-32
Rushing: Boyd, Fino Cardona 30-103. Bowie – Corey Brady 8/33.
Passing: Boyd, Blake McDonald 9-12-1-133. Bowie – Garlan McCoy 6-14-1-88.
Receiving: Boyd, Chris Carmona 3-74; Bowie – Jay Ward 5-107.