Special to the Pryor Times
You just kind of had that feeling that things were going to be different this year for Chouteau football.
Call them the “Comeback Kids,” the “Cardiac Kids,” or the “Wedding Crashers.” One thing you cannot call these 2013 Chouteau Wildcats are “quitters,” and that showed once again Friday night.
Down 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter, Chouteau scored 16 unanswered points to secure a 30-20 win over Chelsea on their homecoming night. The win finally sheds a monkey off the backs of the Wildcats as it was their first district win since 2007.
It was also the second time in as many weeks that the Wildcats have spoiled their opponents’ homecoming night.
“I love homecoming,” screamed a Chouteau Wildcat football player after the game.
Senior Daniel Gordon, one of the state’s leaders in interceptions, picked off a pass with 16 seconds left in the game that sent the Chouteau faithful into a frenzy. The interception allowed Chouteau’s offense to come out and run “Victory Formation” — something the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 District 2A-7) are now getting used to.
The game started off in an extremely weird way as Chelsea went three and out to start the game and was forced to punt. The punt appeared to not touch any Wildcat player, and no beanbag was thrown by the official, yet the Green Dragons recovered it and the ball was awarded to Chelsea. That penalty set the tone for a night that saw a lot of yellow flags thrown on both sides.
Chelsea would control much of the first quarter and score a touchdown with just over a minute to go in the quarter, taking a 6-0 lead.
However, the lead was short-lived, as junior running back Garrett Grossman broke a few tackles and scampered 65 yards to the end zone. The 'Cats would get the two-point conversion and take a 8-6 lead into the second quarter.
The score stayed that way until 1:07 to go in the half. That’s when Grossman scored from a yard out, putting the Cats up 14-6 at the half.
The second half saw Chouteau’s Robert Evans go down with a bad knee injury that forced him to come out. Chelsea took full advantage and came right at Chouteau, smacking them right in their facemask and taking 20-14 lead into the last quarter of play. But the “Cardiac Kids” kept their cool. Grossman scored his third touchdown of the night, going 20 yards on a handoff.