Friends defeated McPherson 18-17 on Saturday, thanks to a game-winning touchdown catch by Falcons’ offensive tackle Cortlin Couture off a pass deflection by a McPherson defensive lineman with nine seconds left. The win improved the Falcons to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in KCAC play.
Trailing 17-12 with under one minute to play, backup quarterback Jayme Bristow found Chris Allen on a deep route that put the Falcons on the McPherson 2-yard line. After a failed quarterback sneak, Bristow’s pass was deflected at the line and Couture, aware the ball was up for grabs, made the catch.
“It was fitting end for us because we struggled all game with McPherson, who has a heck of a defense,” Friends coach Monty Lewis said. “It was a wild game. I’ve got to tip my hat to McPherson.”
Friends middle linebacker Marcus Carter made a big play on defense in the third quarter, intercepting a Jake Snodgrass pass at the goal line and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown.
Lewis replaced starter Derek Racette with Bristow after Racette struggled throwing the ball.
“I just felt like it was time for a switch because we weren’t getting the push we needed,” Lewis said. “What it comes down to is he gave (Allen) a chance to make a play.”
The game was moved from a scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff to 1 p.m. to accomodate extra security after a Tabor football player was found beaten and unconscious last Sunday in McPherson. A McPherson College student has been arrested in the case.
M—Snodgrass 1 pass from Rotering (Cunningham kick)
F—Hankerson 2 run (kick failed)
F—Carter 100 interception (run failed)
M—Jones 9 run (Cunningham kick)
M—Cunningham 31 field goal
F—Couture 1 pass from Bristow (run failed)
Rushing — Friends, Taylor 11-35, Racette 8-31, Hankerson 10-30, Allen 1-5. McPherson, Jones 21-63, Snodgrass 14-36, Pomele 10-21, Thibodeaux 2-(-4).
Passing — Friends, Bristow 7-13-94-0, Racette 4-16-39-1. McPherson, Snodgrass 14-26.
Receiving — Friends, Kelly 4-39, Butts 2-14, Allen 1-46, Bauer 1. McPherson, Record 5-32, Patton 2-72, O’Rourke 2-32, Ramos 2-32.
T—Cannon 40 field goal
T—Mujica 35 pass from Rozzell (Cannon kick)
T—McKee 2 run (Cannon kick)
T—France 70 interception (Cannon kick)
T—Harrison 10 run (Cannon kick)
SM—Spaulding 35 field goal
SM—Young 9 pass from Keese (Spaulding kick)
T—Harrison 95 kickoff return (kick failed)
SM—Cooper 25 pass from Keese (Spaulding kick)
SM—Young 20 pass from Keese (kick failed)
SM—Cooper 30 pass from Keese (Spaulding kick)
T—McKee 2 run (Cannon kick)
SM—Rashod 19 pass from Keese (Spaulding kick)
SW—Strohl 14 pass from Barrett (Mayer kick)
SW—Davenport 10 pass from Barrett (kick failed)
St—Haskin 7 pass from Cardona (kick blocked)
SW—Davis 1 run (Mayer kick)
SW—Vargas 28 pass from Barrett (Mayer kick)
SW—FG Mayer 31
C—FG Robbs 25
C—FG Robbs 28
W—Kobbeman 32 pass from Buhler (Linn kick)
W—Lockhart 1 run (Linn kick)
C—Walters 92 pass from Nelson (pass failed)
C—Byford 25 interceptino return (Carson pass from Nelson)
C—Bobo 1 run (Johnson pass from Nelson)
C—Birmingham 8 run (Robbs kick)
W—Groves 75 pass from Buhler (kick blocked)
B—Smith 10 run (Rawlings kick)
B—King 35 fumble return (Rawlings kick)
B—Rawlings 25 field goal
B—Smith 13 run (Rawlings kick)
B—Suggs 14 run (Rawlings kick)
B—Suggs 17 run (Rawlings kick)
B—Suggs 22 run (Rawlings kick)
B—Glatczak 75 punt return (Rawlings kick)
B—Allen 3 run (Rawlings kick)