Titans edge Bulldogs in 91-point contest
Published 11:35 pm Friday, November 20, 2015
It’s doubtful King’s Fork High School and Lake Taylor High School football fans knew the roller coaster ride they were in for as they took their seats at Friday’s 4A East regional quarterfinals.
The No. 4 Bulldogs were hardly considered favorites going up against the No. 1 and defending state champion Titans, who were at home and enjoying a 26-game winning streak. Nevertheless, King’s Fork led for the majority of the game, never trailing until 2:06 remained.
With a 96-yard touchdown pass and a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final 2:06 of play, Lake Taylor kept its undefeated season alive, escaping the Bulldogs with a 52-39 win.
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King’s Fork got on the board first via a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ryan Kluck to senior wide receiver Terry Tubbs.
The Titans evened the score at 7-7, but then the Bulldogs opened up a 26-7 lead off of a 93-yard touchdown pass from Kluck to senior slotback John Spearman, a 47-yard rushing touchdown by senior feature back Deshaun Wethington and a blocked punt by Spearman that he recovered for a score.
Lake Taylor used pass plays of 32 yards and 81 yards to help make the score 26-21 at halftime.
King’s Fork went up 32-21 on a one-yard rush by Wethington in the third quarter. The Titans made it 32-29 after another big pass play and a two-point conversion.
Kluck ran for a 73-yard score to help give his team a 39-29 lead with 8:28 left in the third.
Lake Taylor responded quickly, however, with a 59-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion run that made the score 39-37 going into the fourth quarter where it went ahead for good.
The Titans (12-0) generated 461 yards of total offense, while the Bulldogs had 360.
King’s Fork ends the season with a record of 6-6.