Behind a quick start and a huge defensive stop on the game’s final drive, the Clover Park Warriors pulled out a 28-25 win over Fife tonight in the league opener for both teams.
With under 20 seconds left and the Trojans having a first-and-goal at the Warriors’ eight-yard line looking for the winning score, Clover Park’s Brandon Pritchett sacked Fife quarterback Andrew Waltner and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Warriors to secure the win and end a frenetic second half.
The Warriors started quickly, stopping the Trojans on their nine-yard line on the game’s opening drive and then going 91 yards in 12 plays, capped by Pritchett’s nine-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0. After an onside kick recovery, quarterback Keila Pritchard hit Brady Daly for a 40-yard touchdown to put the Warriors up 14-0 with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Trojans got a key score just before the half, launching an 11-play, 85-yard drive that was capped by Waltner’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Austin Lamarr with just over 30 seconds remaining.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair, as the Warriors went up 22-7 on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Pritchard to Daly, but Fife answered quickly with a three-yard score from fullback Dominic Dutra to make it 22-13. Clover Park answered right back when Pritchett broke free for a 39-yard score to make it 28-13, as the senior back finished with 22 carries for 110 touchdowns and two scores. Waltner hit tight end Kaleb McGary for a 40-yard touchdown on the Trojans’ next possession to cut it to 28-19, but the senior quarterback threw interceptions on Fife’s next two drives to stall the momentum.
After Fife recovered a fumble on the next drive, Waltner rebounded to hit McGary for a 10-yard score to make it 28-25 with just over six minutes remaining. The Trojans then stopped the Warriors on fourth down on the next drive and drove 66 yards in 10 plays, but were thwarted by Pritchett in the end. Waltner led the Trojans by going 24-for-34 for 289 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions, and Lamarr had four catches for 118 yards. Pritchard was 7-for-14 for 153 yards and two touchdowns for Clover Park.