COLE CAMP — A Trace Brandes sack as time expired sealed a 22-17 win for the Cole Camp Bluebirds on Friday against Osceola.
Osceola started the final drive of the game at its own 20 with 1:57 remaining.
Passing plays between 10-20 yards got the Indians all the way to the Cole Camp 8-yard line, but Brandes’ sack ended the game.
“He stepped in when (Brandon) Thoennes went down at the defensive end spot,” said Cole Camp coach Kevin Shearer. “We had always been grooming home and wanting him to do that. I’m really proud of him. What a great moment for the kid.”
The game was tied 14-14 at halftime. Cole Camp took a 22-14 lead when Nic Clifton completed a four-yard TD pass to Kyle Chamberlain.
The Bluebirds faked the extra point and Austin Berendzen completed a pass to Levi Hare to make it 22-14 in the third quarter.
Osceola got a 39-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to get within five.
The Bluebirds hurt themselves with penalties and an inconsistent running game, but Kendrick Logan was able to provide bursts on the ground.
On Cole Camp’s final drive of the first quarter, Logan gained six yards on a fourth-and-1.
The Bluebirds got into a second-and-22 hole because of holding, but a 26-yard completion to Berendzen two plays later put Cole Camp at the 3-yard line.
Logan then ran left and reached over the goal line for a touchdown and the extra point put Cole Camp up 7-0 in the final minute of the first quarter.
Logan broke a 60-yard run on Cole Camp’s next drive to set up first-and-goal at the 10.
“He ran the ball really hard,” Shearer said. “… We’re really proud of him.”
On fourth-and-goal he ran over an Osceola defender for a three-yard score. The extra point put Cole Camp up 14-7 with 6:50 remaining in the first half.
Osceola opened up its passing game for its first touchdown of the game. A 32-yard completion to a wide open receiver set up the Indians inside the 10-yard line early in the second quarter.
The drive started inside Cole Camp territory because of a muffed punt.
Osceola ended up scoring on a 3-yard TD run to tie the game at 7-7 with 9:54 remaining in the frost half.
Late in the first half, a pass interference penalty on Cole Camp put Osceola at the 25-yard line and the Indians ended up getting a 25-yard TD pass to tie the game at 14-14 in the final minute of the half.
Cole Camp will play at Lincoln next week to close out the regular season.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.