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Liberty snatches victory from the jaws of defeat in dramatic last minute comeback against Grant.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Glencoe running back Royce Fasel runs around end during the Crimson Tide's first round playoff game against Barlow Friday, Nov. 8, at Barlow High School.Barlow survived a wild fourth quarter, walking away with a 19-14 victory that wasn't decided until the final play of the night — a heave to the end zone that ended up in the arms of Bruins cornerback Carter Baggs, while falling backward to the turf.

Trailing 19-0 in the third quarter, Glencoe put together its longest march of the game, moving the ball inside Barlow's 15-yard line. The Bruins' defense answered the challenge with Baggs breaking up a pass to the end zone and linebacker Nick Collins stopping a fourth-down screen pass well short of the marker.

Barlow took its 19-point lead into the fourth quarter.

That's when things got interesting.

Glencoe was in the middle of another long drive when the teams switched ends for the fourth quarter. A few plays later, Tide QB Carson Wilson took a shotgun snap, darted around the backfield and found a seam into the end zone.

Glencoe's defense stopped the Bruins and got the ball back, but the comeback was on the ropes with the Tide facing fourth-and-six in its own end of the field.

Fasel went in motion out of the backfield and never stopped. He turned upfield and found a hole in front of the Bruins' sideline. Wilson looped a spiral into the air and Fasel was left with an easy catch and plenty of room to roam when Barlow's safety slipped down on the turf.

Fasel zipped 63 yards down the sideline, keeping a stride ahead of a pair of pursuing Bruins to shrink Barlow's lead to 19-14 with 4:53 to play.

"Our receivers ran great routes, bringing the defense to them," Fasel said. "That left me wide open, and Carson threw a perfect pass."

Now, with the game in doubt, Barlow put the ball into the hands of its senior QB Jaren Hunter, who broke off a pair of runs to move the chains and take precious time off the clock. The drive stalled near midfield with an incomplete pass on third down.

After seeing his previous punt flutter off the side of his foot and out of bounds, Barlow's Jadon Morgan had his focus intact for his biggest kick of the night — a tall 38-yard boot that left no chance for a return and rolled dead at the 15-yard line.

Glencoe had less than two minutes to travel 85 yards to the end zone.

The Tide kept their hopes alive when Wilson snuck over the right side on fourth-and-1. A facemask penalty against the Bruins tacked an extra 15 yards onto the play and Glencoe tried a deep ball, but the pass was broken up near the 10-yard line. After that, Fasel pulled down a difficult catch for a 16-yard gain, and with time left for only one last play, Wilson looped a pass to the end zone, but the desperation throw dropped directly into the lap of a Barlow defender to end the game.

"We were just trying to move the ball, make clean plays and stop the clock," Wilson said. "That last play we wanted to get people into the end zone and hope for a miracle play."

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Liberty's Cole Lovejoy celebrates the Falcons' come-from-behind win over Grant Friday night, Nov. 8, at Marshall High School."We just had to come back and leave our hearts out there even with a loss," Fasel said.

Fasel led Glencoe's offense with 177 all-purpose yards — his big catch along with 115 yards rushing.

Liberty 52, Grant 49

The Falcons have a knack for making things interesting.

After beating Lincoln 37-34 on a last-second field goal earlier this season, it didn't seem as if Liberty could top that. But they did just that in their first round playoff game against Grant, scoring 10 points in the final minute to defeat the Generals with a 27-yard field goal with 1.9 seconds remaining on the clock Friday night, Nov. 8, at Marshall High School.

Trailing 49-42, the Falcons tied the game when sophomore quarterback Hiro Diamond hit senior Cole Smith with an 85-yard touchdown strike with just 51 seconds on the clock. On Grant's ensuing possession, Liberty's Jaxson Lake intercepted the Generals' quarterback, setting up sophomore Kane McNabb's game-winning kick.

Liberty plays at Jesuit in a second round game against the No. 2-ranked Crusaders at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Jesuit High School.

Tigard 56, Century 20

It had been three years since the Century Jaguars played in a postseason game, and it could've gone better.

Faced with the tall challenge of playing the No. 1-ranked Tigard Tigers, the Jaguars got behind 56-0 by the half, but battled back to score 20 points in the second to save a little face for first-year head coach Danny Kernan and his young Century team.

Tigard's Max Lenzy returned a punt 48 yards for the Tigers' first score, and later returned an interception 23 yard for a second.

Jags sophomore quarterback Tyler Mahlman finished 11-for-23 for 230 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Century mustered just 87 yards rushing, while standout senior wide receiver Chance Sparks led the team with eight catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

Crater 49, Hillsboro 0

Despite a nice year and great second half, the Hillsboro Spartans ran into a buzz saw this past Friday, falling to the No. 2-ranked Crater Comets 49-0 at Dutch Meyer Field in Central Point.

With their fifth shutout of the season, the Comets have won their last three games by a combined score of 153-0.

Hillsboro trailed 28-0 at the half and mustered just 24 rushing yards against an obviously stout Crater defense. In addition, Comets running back Gavin Acrey tallied 177 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries, and Trevor Jaasko caught seven balls for 115 yards and a score. Crater quarterback Trever Davis completed 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 216 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.


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