The Spring Hill High School Broncos rallied for 22 points in the fourth-quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Bronco squad dropped a 44-43 decision to Ottawa High School during last weekend’s homecoming game.
The game featured nearly 1,000 total yards of offense. Ottawa had 496 yards, and Spring Hill posted 400 yards.
Spring Hill, 1-2, went up 7-0 early, thanks to a 23-yard scoring strike from SHHS quarterback Ryker Johnson to Charles Elam.
Minutes later, Ottawa answered on a 63-yard scoring strike. Ottawa missed the extra point, leaving a Spring Hill of 7-6.
The Broncos took a bigger lead, 14-6, when Johnson found Ivan Hughes on a 30-yard touchdown strike.
The Ottawa squad owned the second quarter, heading into the locker room with a four-point, 18-14 lead at halftime. The Cyclones used a 33-yard rushing touchdown and a three-yard scoring strike.
SHHS’ Elam took the ball 13-yards to score early in the third quarter, giving the Broncos a narrow 21-18 point lead.
But the Ottawa Cyclones answered with a two touchdown runs of five and 50-yards to pull ahead 31-21.
The Broncos pulled within 31-28 when Johnson connected with Hughes on a 41-yard scoring strike. After a 30-yard Ottawa touchdown run, Spring Hill got within 37-35 thanks to a 7-yard Elam touchdown run.
Spring Hill looked to seal the verdict with a Johnson 9-yard run.
Trailing 43-37, Ottawa would not be denied. The Cyclones used a 15-yard scoring strike to post a 44-43 win.
The loss failed to overshadow a top offensive performance by the Broncos.
Johnson passed for 94 yards and three touchdowns. He added another 40 yards on the ground.
Brad Smith had 143 yards on 15 totes. Elam added 63 yards on six carries, and scored two touchdowns. Brandon Dofat had five for 60 yards.
Hughes had a big night hauling in two touchdown passes for 71 yards. Elam caught one touchdown pass for 23 yards.