Saylor Returns Blocked Field Goal 65 Yards For Titans In Final Minute As Union Defeats Ferndale 21-14

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 23, 2008

Jr. QB #7 Brandon Weller passes to Jr. WR #18 Mitch Saylor in the Titans 21-14 WIAA State Quarterfinals win over Ferndale. Photo by Wade Malwitz - www.bigcedarphoto.com

WOW!

Wow, wow! Did this game ever live up to its billing. To all the Ferndale and Unions fans who have spent the last week attempting to convince each other that your team is good, well you were both correct. That was two very good teams out there tonight.

Union turned the ball over on their first possession and Ferndale soon capitalized on it. Sr. RB #48 Jordan Finkbonner capped off the drive in which Ferndale converted 2 times on 4th down with a 2 yard plunge giving the second ranked Golden Eagles a quick 7-0 lead.

Union moved the ball deep in to Ferndale territory as the first quarter came to a close only to have Jr. QB Brandon Weller fumble at the 10. The Golden Eagles were in the middle of a 12 play drive when Locker was picked off at the Ferndale 49 by Union Sr. #36 Ryan Maddox. On the very next play, Weller was intercepted at the 20 on a fade pass to Jr. WR #18 Mitch Saylor by Ferndale Sr. #20 Spencer Hannah. Locker then capped of a 10 play 79 yard drive with a 24 yard QB keeper up the middle giving Ferndale a 14-0 lead.

Union Sr. #9 Tyler Code returned the kick-off 44 yards to the Ferndale 35 yard line setting up the Titans for their first score of the game. Five plays later Sr. RB #38 Blake Russell ran in from 14 yards out to cut the lead in half and go into the half down 14-7.

Union forced Ferndale to punt on their opening possession of the second half and then went 65 yards in 10 plays as Russell capped off the drive with a 2 yard plunge to tie the game at 14-14.

The rest of the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter was a battle as both defenses would not allow the other team to move the ball.

Ferndale finally got something going in the final minutes of the fourth quarter driving 43 yards on 10 plays down to the Union 27. Locker connected on a 28 yard pass to Jr. WR #17 Jeff Frost in the drive. Ferndale called a time out with 14 seconds remaining as they faced a 4th and 2. The Golden Eagles lined up for a 44 yard game winning field goal when Union called a timeout to ice Jr. kicker #11 Jake Dunn.

Following the time out, Union Sr. #2 Dex Homer sliced in and blocked the kick which bounced up in the air and was picked up by Saylor at the 35 with nothing but a 65 yard sprint between him and a trip to the Tacoma Dome next weekend to play the #3 Lakes Lancers. Saylor scored with 3.3 seconds on the clock as the Union student body began to flood onto the track surrounding the field giving the Titans their first lead of the game, 21-14.

“Dex Homer blocked it, that is all I got to say. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have  won.” Union Jr. Mitch Saylor.

The final kick-off was quite entertaining as the Golden Eagles ran around for 37 seconds completing 6 laterals before Sr. #37 Dylan Eastwood was finally tackled at the Union 18 ending the game.

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Union 21 Ferndale 14

Dex Homer blocks FG, Mitch Saylor returns 65 yards for game winning score!

Post Game Interviews

Ferndale 7 7 0 0 14
Union 0 7 7 7 21

First Quarter
Fer — Jordan Finkbonner 2 run (Jake Dunn kick)
Second Quarter

Fer — Casey Locker 24 run (Dunn kick)
U — Blake Russell 14 run (Jed Barnett kick)
Third Quarter

U — Russell 2 run (Barnett kick)
Fourth Quarter

U — Mitch Saylor 65 yard blocked field goal return (Barnett kick)

LEADERS
Rushing
— Ferndale: Casey Locker 17-87, Spencer Hannah 12-63; Union: Russell 15-59, Brandon Weller 4-29.
Passing — Ferndale: Locker 6-9-1-77; Union: Weller 7-11-1-71.
Receiving — Ferndale: Hannah 4-36, Jeff Frost 1-28, Matt Catrain 1-13; Union: Tyler Coad 5-37, Saylor 1-24, Derek Adams 1-10.

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Comments

6 Responses to “Saylor Returns Blocked Field Goal 65 Yards For Titans In Final Minute As Union Defeats Ferndale 21-14”

  1. Matt Shields on November 23rd, 2008 1:39 am

    This was an intense game. I’m so thankful we pulled it off in the last 14.2 seconds. As a senior at Union, and as an intense fan, great job capturing the intensity in this article.

    -Matt Shields

  2. Michael H on November 23rd, 2008 2:01 am

    I can’t beleive that last kickoff return lasted 37 seconds. There was a couple times on that return where after the lateral it looked like the guy had a wide open field to return it for a touchdown. Great effort by Ferndale, but Union has certainly arrived on teh scene and commands the respect they deserve.

    Great article. I like how you say: “Following the time out, Union Sr. #2 Dex Homer sliced in and blocked the kick which bounced up in the air and was picked up by Saylor at the 35 with nothing but a 65 yard sprint between him and a trip to the Tacoma Dome next weekend to play the #3 Lakes Lancers.”

  3. Michael H on November 23rd, 2008 2:09 am

    I wonder if Fort Vancouver/Hudson Bay/Battle Ground etc are excited to play Union next year. Good Lord…

    It’s funny because I’m an Evergreen guy and I was stunned/offended at how Union beat Evergreen this year. I was certain Evergreen would show Union who’s boss. Uh, Union is really good this year is the understatement of the year…?

  4. Kiki on November 23rd, 2008 8:49 pm

    Great job, titans. You guys played amazing and awesome job to the people working this website. It shows how much you guys work on keeping up to date on things and giving people resources.

    But thanks again, titan football players.
    If it weren’t for you guys, we wouldn’t have games to be talking about and games to go to and cheer at and all that.

  5. dan on November 23rd, 2008 9:54 pm

    hey i am just happy that ferndale had that long sad ride home to think about how much they underestimated us.

  6. U Scout on November 23rd, 2008 7:10 pm

    I just want to say,

    I was a little dejected I had to come five states away just to do some preliminary scouting. I figured they had sent me to a mediocre team hoping by some miracle that I’d find a player worth looking at.

    Well, I cant tell you what school I’m scouting for, but I can say that I found a whole treasure trove of potential talent. Great job to both teams, but the Titans are truly something special.

    Thanks for showing me what football is all about boys. You guys are the definition of hard work paying off!

    - K.D.

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