Following Tomas Veliz's fourth quarter touchdown to put Woodburn up 30-8 over North Marion, Friday's Boones Ferry Battle looked to be going the same route as the two before it — another lopsided win for the hosting team.
But the Huskies would not go down so easily.After struggling to gain traction all game, North Marion ripped off an 20-point rally in the span of seven minutes to pull within two points of the Bulldogs before ultimately falling 37-28 in the annual rivalry contest.
The comeback attempt began with just over 10 minutes left in the game when senior quarterback Tommy Cousin opened an 11-play drive with a 22-yard scamper up the sideline to put the Huskies in Woodburn territory. North Marion gradually its way to the end zone, capped off by a one-yard push by Cousin through the line and an ensuing two-point conversion to pull within 30-16.
The Huskies followed with a successful onside kick recovery that quickly led to another score when senior Tanner Saucedo tossed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Mata on the first play of the drive. The Bulldogs successfully defended the two-point attempt to hold on to a 30-22 lead with 6:40 left in the contest.
But Woodburn didn't have long to celebrate before coughing up the ball on the third play of the next drive, which was recovered by Saucedo.
North Marion went back to work, using a pair of long runs by Saucedo and Marcus Ledesma to get into goal territory before Saucedo punched it in from four yards out to pull the Huskies to within 30-28.
On the two-point conversion attempt, Cousin rolled out to the left and appeared on target to tie the game before losing control of the ball as he was crossing the goal line, which bounced out the back of the end zone. The referees ruled Cousin had not crossed the plane and that the attempt was no good, prompting a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties on the Huskies that were enforced on the kickoff.
Blessed with advantageous field position and a reeling opponent, Woodburn struck back on a 30-yard touchdown run from Cole Beyer on the opening play of the drive. Beyer tacked on the extra point to put the Bulldogs back up by two scores with three minutes left in the game.
The two teams traded fruitless possessions on the next two drives, allowing Woodburn to wait out the clock and secure the victory.
The Bulldogs slashed the Huskies for 274 rushing yards on the day, the majority of which came from Beyer, who tallied 147 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. The senior back also added two catches for 29 yards.
Micah Nava added 64 yards and a score on 11 totes and Tomas Veliz had 40 yards and a touchdwon on 15 carries.
Senior quarterback Jordan Blem was 3-of-7 for 49 yards and a touchdown, but had two other scoring passes called back due to penalties.
Saucedo led the Huskies with 22 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns while going 1-of-2 for 37 yards and a touchdown on passing plays. Cousin completed 1-of-2 passes for 24 yards and added 56 yards and a score on the ground on 12 carries.
Ledesma had 65 yards on 10 carries, and Gabe Mata had 37 receiving yards to go along with eight carries for seven yards.
Woodburn (2-4, 1-2 Special District 3) finished tied for second in the SD3 standings, while North Marion (2-4, 1-3 SD2) placed fourth in the SD2 standings.
Woodburn 7 8 8 14 - 37
North Marion 0 8 0 20 - 28
W — Cole Beyer 40 run (kick good), 4:43
NM — Tanner Saucedo 17 run (run good), 3:40
W — Jordan Blem 4 run (run good), 0:53
W — Micah Nava 37 run (run good), 8:20
W — Tomas Veliz 7 run (kick good), 10:21
NM — Tommy Cousin 1 run (run good), 6:52
NM — Game Mata 37 pass from Saucedo (run no good), 6:40
NM — Saucedo 4 run (run no good), 3:18
W — Beyer 30 run (kick good), 3:02
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