RAMONA — A 2-yard run by Jordon Burney with 36 seconds remaining and his conversion pass to Trey Jones helped Wyandotte put the game out of reach in a wild 46-44 victory over Caney Valley here Thursday, Oct. 19.
The conversion loomed large as Caney Valley got a 30-yard pass from Cristian Colbert to Brandon Fogle and the ensuing conversion run by Colbert that set the final two-point margin.
“Once again, we found a way to make it interesting — go down to the last play,” Wyandotte head coach Brad Homer said. “It was a really good football game, back and forth. We would get a little bit of a lead and they would come right back.”
There were four lead changes and one tie in the first half before the Bears finally took the lead for good with two seconds left in the half on an 8-yard pass from Burney to Justin Campbell.
A pass for the conversion was no good, but Wyandotte was ahead 20-14.
That loomed large as Caney Valley held a 5-4 edge in touchdowns over the final two quarters.
“Coach (Stephen) Mitchell’s kids played a tough football game,” Homer said. “That quarterback is good one. He made a lot of plays all night long.”
The Bears got a 35-yard pass from Burney to Helawa Williams, a 70-yard punt return from Campbell and a 7-yard run from Caleb Hurst in the third quarter and the Burney-to-Jones TD strike late in the fourth.
The 7-yard run by Hurst gave WHS a 38-22 advantage with 2:32 left in the third quarter.
Caney Valley tightened things in the fourth on touchdown runs of 7 and 11 yards by Colbert to make it 38-36, but Burney’s 2-yard run and the conversion put the game out of reach.
“Down the stretch, I was proud of our kids,” Homer said. “It was really important to our team and just our program in general because we were coming off a two-game losing streak there.”
The Bears suffered a 50-18 loss to Adair then fell 53-28 to Commerce in consecutive weeks.
“Being able to get a win at Caney knowing that they are one of the teams to beat to get into the playoffs,” Homer said. “It was a really good road victory for us.”
Wyandotte ran 75 plays in the game, netting 432 yards in total offense.
Burney completed 20 of 27 passes for 193 yards and the three TDs.
Hurst ran for 133 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries
Burney and Zach Garrett had 55 and 44 yards, respectively. Each had a TD.
Campbell caught eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown while Garrett had five receptions for 22 yards.
Jones and Williams each had three catches and a TD.
The Bears wrap up the regular season Friday, Oct. 27 at home against Chelsea.