Though he wasn’t a one-man team, Rotan’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 Bulldogs’ 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 Rotan’s lead to 26-20 with 1:44 to play and then drove from midfield to the Yellowhammers’ 20-yard line after recovering an onsides kick.
With the game tied at 13-13, Alls intercepted a pass and returned it to Ranger’s 20 with 9:24 left, but his own fumble ended a three-play drive at Ranger’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 Ranger’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 Bulldogs’ 42 and scored on Johnson’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 Rotan’s 45 and outran his defenders to the end zone.
Ranger’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 Yellowhammers’ 20 before Ewing’s pass was in-tercepted by Alls.
Ranger’s Caleb Gunstan-son led all rushers with 95 yards and had a 9-yard score that cut the lead to 13-10. Cole Dement’s second field goal then tied the game with 5:09 to play.