NEVADA – Smith-Cotton trailed heading into a weather delay and didn’t look back afterward, beating Nevada 16-13 on Friday.
On the first play out of the delay with three minutes left in the third quarter, Smith-Cotton senior quarterback Caleb Reed found Blake Jackson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Nevada jumped offsides on the extra point attempt so S-C elected to go for two and Calrton Homan punched it in to make it 13-8.
Nevada’s next drive was stopped short as Homan made a stop for a loss and Ricky Warren added a sack.
S-C responded with a long drive filled with power runs, getting to the Nevada three yard line. Facing fourth and five at the eight, Reed dropped back but could not find an open man and ran it in. Noah Aziere added the two-point conversion giving S-C the 16-13 lead with 7:47 left in the game, Smith-Cotton’s first lead of the night.
Nevada’s next two possession saw touchdowns called back on penalties, the second a hold with 1:32 left in the game and on the next play Jayce Simoncic intercepted a pass to seal the victory.
Trailing 13-0 when the weather interupted play, Smith-Cotton outscored Nevada 16-0 after.
“At that point there were 15 minutes left, we just talked to them about how it’s a clean slate and just play your butt off for the next 15 minutes,” said Smith-Cotton coach Ryan Boyer. “It’s almost like two games, the first game Nevada was fired up, they had a great game plan. After the weather delay, our guys just came out. The defense just did a great job of showing up all night.”
Before the delay, Smith-Cotton’s high-powered offense was stuck in neutral.
The game was scoreless until Nevada quarterback Hinton Braeden connected with tight end Hunter Mason on a 23-yard pass with 43 seconds to play in the first half. The PAT gave Nevada a 7-0 lead at the half. The score was set up by a Chaden Brandt interception. Brandt picked the ball off at Nevada’s 15 yard line and returned it 50 yards to S-C’s 35.
Reed fell victim to Brandt again on S-C’s first offensive possession of the second half. Brandt recovered Reed’s fumble at S-C’s 18 yard line, then the Nevada senior ran the ball into the end zone on the next play; the PAT failed, making the score 13-0.
S-C drove inside Nevada’s 10 yard line when the game was suspended.