The Silverdale Seahawks came up one game short of perfection on Friday, falling in overtime to District 5-A foe Boyd-Buchanan in both teams’ regular-season finale. It didn’t make up for all of the Buccaneers’ 2013 struggles, but it was a perfect end to a subpar regular season.
“We’ve seen them winning and winning,” said Boyd-Buchanan senior Chris Lyon, who hauled in a fourth-quarter interception in the 22-21 win. “Obviously we’ve struggled, but we’ve worked past that. We just thought it doesn’t matter what their record is. We’re going to come out and play as hard as we can for as long as we can.”
“I’ve been in a couple of state championship games and won one of those, and this feels just as good because it’s the here and now,” Buccaneers head coach Grant Reynolds added. “Our kids were just dialed in on winning the district championship, and they were going to do whatever that took tonight."
Quarterback Jim Cardwell finished with 119 yards of total offense and accounted for all three Buccaneer touchdowns in the upset victory. He found the end zone twice in regulation, scoring on runs of 1 and 6 yards, and the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder connected with sophomore receiver Jack Keebler for the game-tying score in overtime.
“Unbelievable,” Reynolds said of his quarterback’s performance. “When the game is on the line you want the ball in your best player’s hands, and that’s what we did. We put it in Jim’s hands.”
What ensued was a very gutsy call from Reynolds, and a couple more Cardwell-led points. After knotting things up on the senior signal caller's 9-yard scoring strike, Reynolds elected to go for two instead of the extra-point, which would have knotted things up at 21-21.
“I just had the feeling we had a little momentum going there,” Reynolds said. “I saw it in our kids’ eyes and their faces; they wanted to go win the game. I asked them and they said coach let’s go win it ... [Austin Jackson] just got his shoulders down and scored.”
The gamble paid off, too, as Cardwell swung it out to running back Austin Jackson, who tip-toed his way into the end zone for the win.
“We felt like Cardwell was going to get it somehow, either rolling out or he’d tuck it underneath and run,” SBA head coach Al Rogers said. “They made a great call. We were one man short on that side on the screen play. They just made a great call.”
Silverdale scored on its opening possession of overtime, taking a 21-14 lead on senior Matt Millard’s 5-yard touchdown run. Senior Joshua Rogers, who finished with a team-high 53 yards on 13 carries, scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Seahawks, finding daylight and sprinting 34 yards to spot SBA a 14-7 advantage with 7:24 remaining.
“Their defense just did a real good job,” said Al Rogers, whose team totaled just 202 yards of offense. “Their tackles did a great job and kept us off of the linebackers, which was frustrating. We finally put some motion in and were able to catch them bouncing outside and we went inside.”
The Seahawks’ second-quarter score came as result of a bad snap on a field goal. Connor Eischied lined up for a potential 32-yarder, but a low snap forced holder Tristan Huggins to roll out. A “fire drill” ensued and Huggins somehow found senior Colton Rogers in the end zone for six.
“That wasn’t a play call, we were trying to get the field goal,” Al Rogers said. “We do have a fire call, and that’s why you had four receivers out there.”
Jackson and running back Cameron Pope combined for 75 yards on 23 carries for Boyd, while Keebler finished with two receptions for 32 yards.
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