In an ugly contest that produced 37 penalties and a post game brawl, the Canyon Springs Pioneers football had a much stronger showing than the 20-15 final score would indicate.
Celebrating Homecoming, the Basic Wolves started the early scoring on a field goal by Collin Weires to take a 0-3 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Pioneers would stall on the ensuing drive after an apparent touchdown was nullified by a penalty but they wouldn’t stay down long as they opened the second quarter with a Diamante Burton pass to Knylen Miller to move ahead 7-3. They would also add a Jayvion Pugh touchdown run later in the second quarter on their most efficient drive of the game.
The Wolves would find some offensive success towards the end of the half driving into the Pioneers red zone but Pioneers defensive back Jonathan Bailey would intercept a Paul Myro pass to secure a half time score of 14-3 in favor of Canyon Springs.
Looking for a spark, a Jordan Gallegos interception would get the Wolves offense going as ther shifted the field where Myro would eventually find Steven Justice on a 4-yard toss on 4th and goal to close the scoring gap 14-9.
The Pioneers would move the ball down to the Basic 13 but two personal foul penalties would move the ball to the 43 where the offense would stall. After pinning the Wolves inside the 20, the defense would provide a decisive score when Bailey would log his second interception of the contest returning this one 33-yards for a touchdown to take a 20-9 lead with 10:41 left in the game.
After trading ball possessions, another hustle play by Gallegos would give the Wolves a shot at winning. With the Pioneers Knylen Miller logging his second interception of the contest, Gallegos would dislodge the ball at the 20 to get his team in scoring position. A power run by Trace Evans would make the score 20-15 with just 51 seconds left on the clock.
The Pioneers would attempt to run out the clock but would be forced to move into punt formation with 10 seconds left on the clock. With the ability to let the clock run out, a Pioneers player would mistakenly touch the football with one second left on the clock that would give the Wolves one last shot at the end zone.
A hook and ladder play would threaten down to the 18-yard line the Pioneers would swarm the ball causing a fumble the Germaine Carmena would return 33-yards the opposite way before the brawl and pepper spray incident that is trending on Twitter would follow the contest.