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Benton Central's second-half rally upsets Fountain Central

October 20, 2012
Benton Central High School



Benton Central’s defense denied a late two-point conversion and saw a game-winning field goal try bounce off the goal post in the final seconds to pull off a 28-27 upset of No. 10 Fountain Central in a Class 2A, Sectional 28 football game Friday night.

Behind Michael Duane, Fountain Central (8-2) led 14-7 at halftime. Duane rushed for 176 yards on 31 carries and all four Mustangs touchdowns despite a field drenched by heavy rain before the game.

Benton Central senior quarterback Brandon Rooze led the second-half comeback, aided by an offensive line that allowed just one sack. Rooze finished 17 of 26 passing for two touchdowns and an interception.

The Bison (4-6), who travel to Delphi for a sectional semifinal next week, relied on balanced rushing from Jerry Conard and Garrett Gray to stay close.

“Our game plan really worked for us, even though we struggled with the Mustangs’ running game,” Benton Central coach Doug Nelson said. “I am very proud for our guys here. They deserve this.”

A failed trick play — a halfback option pass by Tyler Pugh that was dropped — preceded Nick Fischbach’s 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The extra point put Benton Central ahead 28-21, but the drama was just beginning.

Duane broke three tackles during his 51-yard touchdown run that drew the Mustangs within a point. But the Bison held on the 2-point conversion.

Fountain Central got one more chance at victory and marched to the Benton Central 8. But Cristian Viveros’ field goal nicked the goal post and was no good.

“I think our defense was really great in the second quarter, but we let them score 21 points in the second half,” Fountain Central coach Brian Moore said. “The Bison are a very talented team.”Benton Central’s defense denied a late two-point conversion and saw a game-winning field goal try bounce off the goal post in the final seconds to pull off a 28-27 upset of No. 10 Fountain Central in a Class 2A, Sectional 28 football game Friday night.

Behind Michael Duane, Fountain Central (8-2) led 14-7 at halftime. Duane rushed for 176 yards on 31 carries and all four Mustangs touchdowns despite a field drenched by heavy rain before the game.

Benton Central senior quarterback Brandon Rooze led the second-half comeback, aided by an offensive line that allowed just one sack. Rooze finished 17 of 26 passing for two touchdowns and an interception.

The Bison (4-6), who travel to Delphi for a sectional semifinal next week, relied on balanced rushing from Jerry Conard and Garrett Gray to stay close.

“Our game plan really worked for us, even though we struggled with the Mustangs’ running game,” Benton Central coach Doug Nelson said. “I am very proud for our guys here. They deserve this.”

A failed trick play — a halfback option pass by Tyler Pugh that was dropped — preceded Nick Fischbach’s 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The extra point put Benton Central ahead 28-21, but the drama was just beginning.

Duane broke three tackles during his 51-yard touchdown run that drew the Mustangs within a point. But the Bison held on the 2-point conversion.

Fountain Central got one more chance at victory and marched to the Benton Central 8. But Cristian Viveros’ field goal nicked the goal post and was no good.

“I think our defense was really great in the second quarter, but we let them score 21 points in the second half,” Fountain Central coach Brian Moore said. “The Bison are a very talented team.”


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