Third time's a charm for the Liberty Lancers. The Lancers scored a pair of touchdowns to rally to a 17-7 win over Widefield in a rare Tuesday afternoon showdown.
Stalled offensive drives were the norm early as neither Liberty (1-2 overall) or the Gladiators (0-1) could put up points in the first quarter.
It was the Lancers finally breaking the scoreless tie with a field goal to go up 3-0 with about three minutes left in the first half. But the lead didn't last long. DJ Allen returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, giving Widefield a 7-3 lead.
With urgency at play, the Lancers finally found mojo on offense. Aidan Swanson found Luiz Alamo for a long touchdown pass giving them a 10-7 lead at halftime.
The defense clamped down for the remainder of the game and didn't allow Widefield to score another point the rest of the game. The Lancers put the game away with a touchdown run with 1:06 left in the game and got to enjoy their brief ride of I-25 with their first win of the season.
Berthoud 22, Brush 21 (2OT)
Regulation wasn't enough to settle a tight battle between Berthoud and Brush in the other Tuesday afternoon game.
The Beetdiggers took an early 7-0 thanks to a blocked punt. The Spartans answered right back with a touchdown run and added a 2-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead.
Brush regained momentum before the end of the first quarter, punching in a touchdown run. The 14-8 lead held to halftime and it was the Berthoud defense that would make an impact play later on.
A fumble recovery in the third quarter led to Berthoud's second offensive touchdown of the game. The 2-point conversion failed and the game went into the fourth quarter locked in a 14-14 tie.
Neither team found paydirt in the fourth quarter forcing the game into overtime.
Brush came up big defensively with an interception setting up a chance to walk away with a big win. The field goal attempt was blocked and the game was extended much to the delight of the home team.
Getting the ball to start the second overtime, Brush found the end zone and kicked the extra point to go up 21-14.
Berthoud answered right back and like it had all day, opted for a 2-point conversion attempt rather than the extra point. The two-yard rushing attempt was successful and Berthoud improved to 2-0 on the season.