Last Friday, Oct. 26, Timber Creek suffered their sixth loss of the season, losing a close game to District rivals, Fossil Ridge.

The Falcons started strong on their first drive, marching down the field, then scoring from a rushing TD by Blake Irving. Carlo Martinez converted the PAT, giving Timber Creek a 7-0 lead to begin the game. Martinez was able to produce 3 more points before the end of the quarter, giving Creek an early 10 point lead.

Fossil Ridge were held scoreless versus Timber Creek until the second quarter, when Eduardo Mercado nailed a field goal, making the score 10-3. Timber Creek responded at the end of the first half, on a Jason Akers connection to Justin Haler, but were unable to convert a two point conversion, missing an opportunity to gain imperative points that turned out to be game changing.

The second half of the game was facilitated by the Panthers, as the Falcon defense struggled to defend Fossil’s dual threat QB Austin Stohlmann. Fossil was able to come back swiftly, bringing the score back to a close 16-14 before the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter saw Fossil Ridge acquire their first lead of the game, as they gained advantage over Timber Creek by a score of 17-16. The hard working boys of the Falcon squad stayed in the game, giving it their all to taste victory. The Falcons offense suffered a heavy blow towards the end of the game, as Blake Irving had an explosive 45 yard rush to the house, called back, due to a holding call on WR Max Arnold.

Timber salvaged points on the drive, retaking the lead with a field goal, making the score 19-17 in a tight game. The Falcon defense came up huge in the Ridge offensive possession, forcing a three and out in the clutch. The Panthers defense forced a punt for the Falcons, which in a questionable decision, was faked by Timber Creek.

After the failed fourth down attempt, Fossil was in a prime position for late game heroics, which through great clock management, and offensive clutch, Ridge was able to find just that. Mercado was able to power the football through the uprights to give the Panthers an emotional victory.

Timber Creek plays their Senior Night game versus Central, on Friday Nov. 2.

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