Although East Union’s Raylen Carter ran for more than 200 yards and three long touchdown runs, costly mistakes down the stretch allowed visiting Bear Creek to score 22 unanswered points and prevail for a stunning 36-34 win at Dino Cunial Field.
Bear Creek's comeback was led by its impressive passing tandem of Chaz Davis (nine receptions for 185 yards) and quarterback Quincy Glasper (15 of 21 passing, 257 yards, two touchdowns), who combined for scoring plays of 10 and 76 yards.
“We didn’t stop No. 2 (Davis) and we needed to stop No. 2,” Lancers coach Willie Herrera said. “No. 4 (Glasper) did a good job, but we had to stop No. 2.”
Five fourth-quarter mistakes loomed large for East Union (1-2). The Lancers lost a fumble early in the period deep in Bear Creek territory and then allowed the Bruins (2-1) to go on a long drive. On third-and-long near midfield, East Union jumped offside to set up an easier third-down conversion.
Then, after forcing a fourth down at their own 22-yard line, the Lancers incurred an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving Bear Creek a first down and a free pass to the 11 on the way for the go-ahead score with 4:04 left in the game.
On East Union’s final drive, a holding call inside of the final two minutes forced the Lancers into passing mode, and Bear Creek sat back and snagged an interception in the final minute.
“Our job is to bend and not break,” Bruins coach Reggie Camp said. “The thing that hurt us is we were in position to make the right plays but we had too many missed tackles.
“I have some young guys who stepped up today — I have four sophomores on defense — and tonight they played like veterans.”
With Davis and Glasper drawing the focus of the Lancers defense, bruising Bruins running back Terry Holmes grinded out 94 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns.
East Union had some fleet-footed running of its own. Carter racked up 248 yards on 10 carries with first-half touchdown runs of 35 and 69 yards, and on the first play of the second half he raced 80 yards for a score and what appeared to be an insurmountable 34-14 lead.
Tealen Gaines added 69 yards on just three carries for the Lancers with a 5-yard scoring run. Leo Bonilla churned out 67 yards on 11 carries and Alex Alexander tallied 62 yards on six carries with a 10-yard touchdown run. Alexander recovered a fumble in the second quarter and that led to his touchdown run four plays later.
“Typically, 34 points is good enough to win, but defensively we didn’t get that one extra stop that we needed,” Herrera said. “We have to get better. I thought the most disciplined team was going to win this game and we lost our composure. But hey, we still have seven games left.”
B. Creek 8 6 16 6 — 36
E. Union13 14 7 0 — 34
E—Raylen Carter 35 run (kick failed), 7:18.
B—Chaz Davis 10 pass from Quincy Glasper (Terry Holmes run), 3:59.
E—Tealen Gaines 5 run (Cameron Torres kick), 3:15.
E—Raylen Carter 69 run (JoJo Espinosa run), 9:20.
E—Alex Alexander 10 run (kick failed), 2:10.
B—Terry Holmes 5 run (pass fail), 0:24.8.
E—Carter 80 run (Torres kick), 11:52.
B—Holmes 2 run (Davis from Glasper), 9:05.
B—Davis 76 pass from Glasper (Holmes run), 0:36.0.
B—Daveyon Phillips 8 run (kick failed), 4:04.