MANDATA — After a slow start, Line Mountain boarded the Colby Scott Express and took over its matchup with Pine Grove, powering to a 22-20 win Friday evening at Eagle Stadium.
Line Mountain did not score until three seconds left in the first half, when Scott rumbled into the end zone to make it a 8-6 game. He then rushed for a two-point conversion to even the scoreboard.
Line Mountain found holes in the Cardinals’ defense. Scott took over the game, shedding would-be tacklers and making big plays. The senior had 12 carries for 81 yards and a score in the second half to give the Eagles a much needed boost.
Eagles’ quarterback Evan Herb struggled throughout the night and only completed six passes out of 23 attempts, including an interception.
However, Herb connected with Breven Derk for a 26-yard touchdown with 10:06 remaining in the contest. Line Mountain, at that point, had a 22-14 lead.
Pine Grove responded with a 2-yard run by Dalton Kintzel with 3:46 remaining in the game.
Even though the Cardinals only managed two first downs in the second half, drama began to unfold, which sucked the air out of the stands.
Pine Grove’s Josh Leininger completed a 33-yard bomb to Dawson Ibarra for a first down and just like that the old adage “It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over” came into effect.
With 1:43 left in the fourth quarter, Pine Grove had the ball at the Line Mountain 31-yard line.
After a Leininger incomplete pass, the young signal-caller completed a 9-yard strike to Ibarra, which set up a third-and-one at the Eagles 22-yard line.
Pine Groves’s sophomore quarterback could not connect with Ibarra once again, which created a fourth down.
With fans on the edge of their seats, Leininger took the snap and launched a pass down the right sideline that sailed high over Ibarra’s head. With the incomplete pass the Eagles halted a two-game loosing streak.
Line Mountain head coach Brandon Carson knew that his team had to keep working and avoid letting chunk plays beat them.
“The quarterback was doing a great job of completing the ball on time and putting the ball on the money for the most part. We were in pretty tight coverage ... credit to them for executing some plays,” Carson said. “We just had to keep chugging along and keep grinding it out and trying to look for a stop. We couldn’t just give up the big play. I thought we did a nice job of that.”
The Eagles’ victory formation sealed a 22-20 contest and the playoff contenders now have a record of 4-4.