With 1:06 remaining in the second quarter, Bonneville held a 14-0 lead and its offense was cruising and defense not giving an inch. It seemed that the Lakers were on their way to their first victory over a young Bengal team.
There was only one problem - one more minute remained in the half.In that minute, the whole game, possibly Brighton's season, changed dramatically.
Brad Baker scampered for 9 yards. Scott Pearce hit Tony Anderson for 12 more. Then, with 19 seconds left, the roof caved in on the Lakers. Pearce scrambled for a moment, then found a wide open Rawley Nielsen on the right side for 32 yards, down to the Laker 5 yard line. A quick toss to Zac Larsen, and the Bengals were suddenly into the game 14-7.
The Bengals took that momentum and rumbled to a 22-20 victory over the Lakers in a tough second half.
"This is a game of emotion and that really got us going," said Brighton coach Lynn Freestone. "We came out in the second half, settled down and rally started executing our game plan."
Execution is pretty much what Bonneville quarterback Tyler Gladwell experienced from the Bengal D. After going 6-10 for 72 yards in the first half, Brighton started giving him a little extra attention by way of the blitz. All through the second half the Laker QB was scrambling for his life, resulting in a 7-22 performance with three interceptions and a safety.
Bonneville got on the board first when Brad Bott beat the defenders to the left corner from 55 yards out. After a fumble recovery by the Lakers' Darce Afuvai at the Brighton 26, Gladwell found an open Brad Whitby from 15 yards out to close the first quarter.
Bonneville tried to get back some of the lost momentum to open the third quarter, but fell short - having to give up the ball on downs at the Bengal 27.
Brighton then picked up where they left off, going 73 yards in 8 plays, capped by a 1-yard Baker run.
After the ensuing kickoff, Gladwell was caught scrambling in the end zone by lineman Sterling Crockett to give the Bengals a 16-14 lead.
Ben Huber connected on 29-yard and 34-yard field goals to clinch the game for Brighton.