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
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.
Dex Homer blocks FG, Mitch Saylor returns 65 yards for game winning score!
Post Game Interviews
Fer — Jordan Finkbonner 2 run (Jake Dunn kick)
Fer — Casey Locker 24 run (Dunn kick)
U — Blake Russell 14 run (Jed Barnett kick)
U — Russell 2 run (Barnett kick)
U — Mitch Saylor 65 yard blocked field goal return (Barnett kick)
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.