The Pasco Bulldogs finally got new head coach Kevin Jolley his first victory. And they needed every last second to do it.
Chris English caught a touchdown pass from Kolby Killoy on the final play of regulation and Kaleb Ash converted on the 2-point conversion as the Bulldogs stunned the Kennewick Lions 36-35 on Friday night at Edgar Brown Stadium.
The Bulldogs, who got their first victory of 2015, executed a 14-play, 80-yard drive with 1:40 left in the game to pull within 35-34 with no time remaining on the clock.
As soon as Pasco lined up for the 2-point conversion, everyone in the stadium knew who was going to get the ball and what the play call was going to be. It was just a matter if Kennewick could force Ash out of bounds before he reached the goal line. They could not, and the Bulldogs stormed the field.
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The loss drops the Lions to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-Columbia Conference.
Kennewick had retaken the lead in a back-and-forth game with just over 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Dillon Plew connected with Raymond Gutierrez on a 7-yard pass play to give the Lions a 35-28. After a punt with 1:45 left in the game, the Lions had Pasco pinned on its own 20-yard line with 1:40 left in the game.
The Final Drive
After a solid first half where the offense gobbled up chunks of yards at a time, the Pasco offense was halted after halftime. With the exception of an Ash 64-yard TD run, the Bulldogs were pretty much held in check.
That was until the final drive.
The way the first play went of the final drive, it would have tough to foreseen the final outcome as Ash was held for a 3-yard loss on first down. Then with 55 seconds left, Killoy kept the ball on a run for just 5 yards and the clock continued to run with the Bulldogs out of timeouts.
But after a few completions to Sebastion Gutierrez, Killoy pushed up the middle for a 1-yard gain on fourth-down with under 16 seconds left in the game to get to the Lions’ 15-yard line. Three plays later, Killoy scrambled right, threw back and hit English in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to cut the margin to 35-34 on the final play of regulation.
Ash then capped his big night with a 2-point conversion.
Ash came into Friday’s game as the Bulldogs leading rusher, but had only 245 yards in the first four games of the season to go with one touchdown. At halftime against the Lions, he had 161 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
By the time he crossed the goal line on the 2-point conversion, he had 18 carries for 243 yards and three touchdowns for Pasco, averaging 13.5 yards per carry. Most of those yards came on sweeps around the outside where he outran the Lions defense.
Plew was on target nearly all night long. The Lions senior quarterback completed his first seven passes of the night and finished 18 of 22 for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
P — Kaleb Ash 33 run (kick failed)
K — Dillon Plew 1 run (Emilo Ramos kick)
P — Deondre Hendrix 4 run (kick failed
P — FG Isaiah Gomez 22
K — Blake Loftus 10 pass from Plew (run failed)
P — Ash 61 run (kick failed)
K — Raymond Gutierrez 10 run (Ramos kick)
K — Plew 1 run (Gutierrez pass from Plew)
P — Ash 61 run (Gomez kick)
K — Gutierrez 7 pass from Plew (Ramos kick)
P — Chris English 7 pass from Kolby Killoy (Ash run)
RUSHING – K, Isaac Ruiz 6-34, Raymond Gutierrez 10-45, Plew 5-22, Ronnie Loomis 10-46. P, Ash 18-243, Anthony Hernandez 5-34, Killoy 8-28, Deondre Hendriz 11-45.
PASSING – K, Plew 18-22-0-204. P, Killoy 8-14-0-99.
RECEIVING – K, Loftus 10-90, Drew Townsend 2-19, Gutierrez 5-71. P, Hernandez 1-21, English 2-18, Gutierrez 4-50.
FIRST DOWNS – K 24, P 20. PENALTIES – K 9-77, P 7-47. FUMBLES-LOST – K 2-1, P 1-0.