Blue Ridge Football Loses Heartbreaking Overtime Game to Heyworth
HEYWORTH, Ill. -- The Knights' bid to spoil the Hornets' Homecoming fell a bit short.
In a battle of two winless teams, somebody had to to come out with a victory. And it was Sam Asmus who delivered the knockout punch for Heyworth, scoring a six-yard touchdown run in overtime to give the Hornets a 12-6 win over Blue Ridge.
Heyworth started the scoring early, capping a five-play drive with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Maxwell to Trevor Crum from on its opening possession.
Blue Ridge tied the game at 6-6 with 17 seconds left in the second quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Jon Berger.
Berger (No. 31, pictured above somewhere) also had a fumble recovery in the second quarter, and the Knights drove the ball on their ensuing possession to the red zone.
During the drive, they got a key fourth-down conversion when senior tailback Trenor Hildreth (No. 47, pictured below) took a handoff on fourth-and-3 and burst through the middle to the Heyworth 32-yard line.
However, Blue Ridge could not capitalize on the turnover. The Knights were called for a holding penalty on a Johnny Bruden option run, moving the ball back to the 24-yard line for a third-and-14.
Bruden threw an incomplete pass on third down. Then Blue Ridge turned the ball over on downs when Bruden ran out of bounds short of the first-down marker along the right sideline on fourth down.
Heyworth was called for a personal foul for hitting Bruden after he stepped out of bounds. However, the Hornets got the ball back anyway because it was determined to be a dead-ball penalty.
Bruden (No. 14, pictured above) finished the game leading the Knights with 70 yards rushing.
Blue Ridge also got a chance to score in overtime, as the Knights had the first possession. However, they came up empty handed after missing a field goal.
The Knights fell to a record of 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the Heart of Illinois Conference with the loss. They will play at home against LeRoy next Friday as part of their own Homecoming festivities.