The Colts engineered a game winning touchdown drive in the final seconds of their football game with the Greenville Christian Saints to wrap up a 28-21 victory. The Colts improved to 4-3, while the Saints fell to 2-6.
Trailing 21-20 in late in the fourth quarter, the Colts found themselves needing a score in the worst way. Dropped passes and key mistakes hampered the Colts through out the night.
Those miscues didn’t kill the Colts, however, as junior quarterback Tyler Kitchings completed a pass to Caleb Pilgrim that resulted in a 21-yard reception for a first down at the Saints’ 32-yard line. Later in the drive, Pilgrim marched on a 10-yard run to move the Colts deeper into Saints’ territory.
With 28 seconds left in the game, Bayou hit paydirt as Pilgrim marched to the end zone on a 3-yard run to put the Colts ahead. Hunter Kovac charged in for the 2-point conversion to give Bayou a 28-21 lead. The Colts’ defense hung tough on the last drive to secure the victory.
“They dug deep and they wanted this game,” Bayou head football coach Terry King said. “They made a pact today to fight for each other and that’s what they did. They decided among themselves, it’s not about an individual. It’s about a team. It was a team effort. Nobody got on anybody and we played as a team.”
The Colts jumped on top of the Saints early as Pilgrim scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run and threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Weber Herbison in the first quarter. Pilgrim also scored the 2-point conversion after the touchdown pass to put the Colts on top 14-0 after one quarter of action.
The Saints, behind the arm of Turner McGaugh, threw the ball frequently through out the game and got big yardage.
With seven minutes on the second quarter clock, the Saints scored their first touchdown as McGaugh, who completed 13-of-29 passes for 169 yards on the night, fired a short three-yard TD pass to Chris Brent. The PAT kick from McGaugh was good, and the Saints cut Bayou’s lead to 14-7.
The Colts battled hard on defense and were able to hold the advantage at 14-7 going into the lockerroom at halftime.
In the third quarter with five minutes on the clock, the Saints put up another touchdown as McGaugh connected with Rocky Evans on a 15-yard TD pass with 3:41 left in the game. The kick from McGaugh was good and the score was tied 14-14.
During the second half, the Colts’ running game found a solid go-to guy with Kovac who marched on some good runs to help move Bayou down the field.
In the fourth quarter, Bayou regained the lead as Kitchings connected with Ty Holder on a 44-yard TD pass with 7:18 left in the game. The PAT kick was no good, but Bayou led 20-14.
The Saints scored their last touchdown of the game with 3:19 left to play as Jordan McLendon marched on a two-yard scoring run. The extra point kick from McGaugh was good, and the Saints took a 21-20 lead which would be their last lead of the game.
Bayou’s defense through out the course of the game had a number of players step up as Kitchings, Pilgrim, Kovac, Holder, Herbison and Davis Dalton were among several standouts that made key plays.
On offense, Pilgrim had a complete game as he completed 5-of-13 passes for 170 yards with a TD and an interception, rushed for 48 yards with two touchdowns on 10 carries and caught two passes for 22 yards. Kitchings completed 4-of-13 passes for 86 yards with a touchdown, while Kovac rushed for 56 yards and a 2-point conversion on 10 carries to aid the offense.
Receiving wise for the Colts, Herbison had a 76-yard TD reception, Cole Hutchinson caught two passes for 57 yards, Holder had a 55-yard TD reception, Samuel Cooper caught a 22-yard pass and Dalton caught a 15-yard pass.
Bayou will return to action on Friday as the Colts will hit the road to play Lee (Ark.) in Marianna. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.