Sam Hayes scored on a 4-yard pass from Calev Grubbs to rally White Knoll to a 28-21 overtime victory over Spring Valley Thursday night at Harry Parone Stadium.
After scoring, the Timberwolves had to play defense. On the first offensive play, the Vikings threw an errant pitch and Justin Riley fell on it to preserve the win.
White Knoll (5-1) scored on a 9-yard run by Grubbs with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Daniel Fulmer kicked the extra point to force the extra period.
The Timberwolves have won five games in a row heading into Region 5-4A play next week. Spring Valley (3-3) has a three-game losing streak heading into Region 4-4A play.
White Knoll faced a fourth-and-three from the Vikings 36-yard line with less than a minute remaining when Grubbs connected with Thomas Scott on a 29-yard gain. Scott went over the defender and made a diving catch to keep the drive alive. Three plays later, Grubbs scrambled for the game-tying touchdown.
Calev Grubbs: White Knoll’s senior quarterback threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 72 yards and a score. More importantly, the Timberwolves didn’t have a turnover with the wet field conditions.
Maurice Jones: The Timberwolves running back had a 79-yard touchdown run. He finished with 121 yards on 11 carries.
Thomas Scott: White Knoll wide receiver had 105 yards receiving and a touchdown on five receptions.
2: Number of passes competed by Spring Valley. Both went for touchdowns to RJ Bacon.
14: Spring Valley has lost three games by a combined 14 points this season.
THEY SAID IT
“We’ve been in tough situations before and I felt if we kept playing, they had some guys playing both ways, I felt eventually, we would hit our stride. We did it there at the end when it mattered. We’ll take it.” – White Knoll coach Dean Howell
“You have to make plays. We told our kids last week, it’s the little things we have to be able to do. We have to get off the field on fourth down. They make the plays down the stretch and we didn’t make them.” – Spring Valley coach Robin Bacon
HOW THEY SCORED
WK – Maurice Jones 79 run (Daniel Fulmer kick) 4:12
SV – RJ Bacon 8 pass from Ryan Lee (Bacon kick) 4:09
SV – Bacon 31 pass from Lee (Bacon kick) 2:32
WK – Thomas Scott 30 pass from Calev Grubbs (Fulmer kick) 0:49
SV – Ty’Juan Fulton 9 run (Bacon kick) 3:59
WK – Grubbs 9 run (Fulmer kick) 0:23
WK – Sam Hayes 4 pass from Grubbs (Fulmer kick)
Rushing: WK – Maurice Jones 11-121, Gary Shell 8-68, Calev Grubbs 13-72. SV – Ryan Lee 8-67, Ty’Jaun Fulton 9-38, Terrell Jackson 11-38, Kadarius Bunch 15-47, Justin Haynes 2-38.
Passing: WK – Grubbs 12-18-0-161. SV – Lee 2-3-0-39, Team 0-1-0-0
Receiving: WK – Thomas Scott 5-108, Jones 4-28, Bruce Wilkinson 2-21, Sam Hayes 1-4. SV – RJ Bacon 2-39