The 2019 football season came to a dramatic end on Friday night as RB fell by one point to Valley View.
Roger Bacon started the game off on fire as Tyler Bullock ’20 found Kyle Guyer ’22 on a 65 yard pass to put RB up early. Valley View then drove down the field and struck back. On the next possession, Bullock found Jah’mal Hutsell ’22 on a 25 yard pass to give RB the 14-7 lead after one quarter.
Valley View put together two scoring drives in the second quarter to give them the 21-14 lead at halftime.
Valley View received the ball to start off the second quarter and drove down the field and scored to put them up 28-14 then they recovered an onside kick and were marching down the field to put the game out of reach. But, Roger Bacon turned on the jets and never gave up as they made a red zone stop then blocked a FG attempt that turned the momentum over the RB. Spartans put together a scoring drive that ended with a 40 yard TD run by Corey Kiner ’21 that put the score at 21-28. Shortly after, Tyler Bullock lined up on the defensive line and batted a pass down and took it to the end-zone on a fumble receovery. RB now only trailed 28-27 headed into the fourth quarter.
Both defenses left it all on the field during the fourth quarter as neither team was able to score. James Thompson Jr ’20 made one of the most incredible plays of the season as he chased down a Valley View player who stripped the ball and was headed towards the end-zone before James chased him down 35 yards and forced a fumble that went out of the end-zone and gave RB the ball back. RB had a couple red zone opportunities but could not get the ball into the end-zone until the last minute of the game when, on a backed up 3rd and goal from the 25 yard line, Bullock found Hutsell in the back of the end-zone for a TD reception but was wrongly whistled out of bounds by the back referee. This now put RB at 4th and goal from about mid field and the Spartans were unable to capitalize and fell with a final score of 28-27.
Corey Kiner ended the night with 274 rushing yards (345 all-purpose) and a TD. Tyler Bullock finished the night with 162 passing yards and 2 TD’s. Tyler ends his RB career 2nd all time in passing yards (3,300) and 3rd all-time in passing TD’s (23). Defensively, Nijal Mooney led the way with 11 tackles and 1.5 TFL. Corey Kiner also played a little defense in the fourth quarter and recorded a sack and made a huge tackle on 3rd down to give RB the ball back. Evan Webb ’21, Jake Mumper ’20 and James Thompson Jr. ’20 combined for 26 tackles on the night.
The Spartans still have plenty to be proud of this season as they broke the single season points scored record and also are only the 4th team in 92 years of Roger Bacon Football to win 10 games in one season.