The battle of the beatens turned out to be a thrill.
With their first win of the season seemingly in the bag, the Provo Bulldogs lined up on defense with 29.4 seconds remaining. They were up 13-10 over the Springville Red Devils, with the ball on Springville's 47 yard line.
Junior QB Matt McCoy took five steps back,and threw a bomb to the hands of receiver Brett Watson. Somehow, Watson stayed in bounds, dodged two Bulldogs and dove into the end zone. Mark Pawelek added the point-after, and Springville won its second game of the season, 17-13.
Watson said he had just one thought in mind when he caught the ball: "Get in the end zone." He said that, after he caught the ball at about the 7-yard line, "I saw him coming, and I cut back. From there I just dove."
McCoy and Watson's heroics silenced Bulldog fans who had been jubilant since 4:46 of the fourth quarter when P.K. Haws connected for 30 yards to Danny Holmoe, setting up Haws's 1-yard touchdown. Eric Gonzalez' kick was good and Provo was within 3, at 10-7.
Gonzalez's kickoff bounced near the goal line, and Red Devil star running back Trevyn Smith had nowhere to go.
The Bulldogs, whose defense was the worst in the state going into the game at 39 points allowed per game, stopped Smith twice within the 5-yard line.
Then, with 2:59 to go, they sacked Devils quarterback Scott Pickering, causing a fumble in the end zone. Haws pounced on it for his second touchdown of the game. The Devils blocked Gonzalez' extra point try to keep the score at 13-10.
Springville returned the next kickoff to its 25 yard line with 2:53 left. It still had chance to drive into field goal range and try to tie the game, especially considering Pawelek's strong leg.
Again, the surprising Provo defense stuffed the Devils, and it was three and out. Provo had the ball at its own 20 with 1:23 remaining. Provo seemed about to win because of a fumble in the end zone. But after five more plays, it was forced to punt, and McCoy and Watson took over from there.