Though he wasnâ€™t a one-man team, Rotanâ€™s Bryson Alls certainly did everything he could to help his team beat Ranger here Saturday.
Alls had three intercep-tions, including one with 10 seconds left that thwarted the Bulldogsâ€™ final drive, plus a fumble recovery and also rushed for 84 yards in leading the Yellowhammers to a 26-20 victory in the finale of the seventh annual Sammy Baugh Classic.
Alls, a 5-7, 155-pound senior, saved most of his defensive heroics for the end with two interceptions and a fumble recovery all coming in the final 12 minutes. The last interception sealed the win after Ranger (0-2) had used a 75-yard touchdown pass to cut Rotanâ€™s lead to 26-20 with 1:44 to play and then drove from midfield to the Yellowhammersâ€™ 20-yard line after recovering an onsides kick.
With the game tied at 13-13, Alls intercepted a pass and returned it to Rangerâ€™s 20 with 9:24 left, but his own fumble ended a three-play drive at Rangerâ€™s 7 and kept the game tied.
Both teams would continue to miss scoring opportunities in a wild, sloppy fourth period that produced a total of six turnovers as well as numerous penalties.
Following a punt and an exchange of fumbles, Rotan (2-0) finally took advantage and went ahead, 19-13, after Alls returned a fumble 29 yards to Rangerâ€™s 22. After a four-yard loss on first down, Calvin Johnson scored the go-ahead TD with 3:49 left.
Rotan then increased its lead to 13 points, 26-13, af-ter Ranger fumbled away the ensuing kickoff.
Rotan took over at the Bulldogsâ€™ 42 and scored on Johnsonâ€™s 7-yard run with 2:06 left. Deandre Lee then added the extra point.
But just 10 seconds later, Ranger was on the board following a 75-yard pass by quarterback Ricky Ewing to wide receiver Colter Mar-tin, who caught the ball at Rotanâ€™s 45 and outran his defenders to the end zone.
Rangerâ€™s Travis Destro recovered the onsides kick to set up a dramatic finish as Ranger, thanks primarily to a couple of Rotan penal-ties, drove from midfield to the Yellowhammersâ€™ 20 before Ewingâ€™s pass was in-tercepted by Alls.
Rangerâ€™s Caleb Gunstan-son led all rushers with 95 yards and had a 9-yard score that cut the lead to 13-10. Cole Dementâ€™s second field goal then tied the game with 5:09 to play.