WEST TERRE HAUTE —
Hunter Voils had three touchdowns that totaled 242 yards, including ones on West Vigo’s first touch of each half, but the Vikings couldn’t overcome their own mistakes otherwise in Western Indiana Conference high school football Friday night at Jay Barrett Field.
Brown County scored twice in the last 5:48 of the game for a 34-30 victory, a game the Vikings were one play away from winning a couple of times.
With less than six minutes left, the visiting Eagles were trailing 24-19 and had fourth-and-3 at the West Vigo 5-yard line, but quarterback Dillon Boknecht lofted a fade pass to Luke Huls for a go-ahead score, then passed to tight end Jordan Lucas for a 2-point conversion.
Since Voils had already returned kickoffs 85 and 92 yards for touchdowns, the Eagles tried a short, rolling kickoff, but West Vigo’s Tyler Gustafson foiled that strategy by picking the ball up and returning it 56 yards to the Brown County 20.
With just over two minutes to go, West Vigo had a fourth-and-goal situation, but this pass was intercepted by Huls and he returned it 105 yards for what appeared to be a clinching touchdown.
This time the Eagles kicked off out of bounds, but that didn’t work either. On the first play from scrimmage, no one covered split end Gustafson and Jimmy Maples hit him for a 65-yard score. The Vikings couldn’t recover the onside kickoff, however.
Voils ran the opening kickoff of the game back 85 yards for a quick 6-0 lead, but the Eagles answered two minutes later on a 47-yard run by Cody Leeper.
After West Vigo failed to convert a fourth-down situation near midfield, Brown County drove 48 yards and took a 13-6 lead, but the Viking defense forced an unsuccessful field goal attempt on the Eagles’ next series and the home team drove 80 yards in nine plays. Maples scored on a 6-yard run, and it was 13-12 at halftime in the visitors’ favor.
After West Vigo got the ball back in the third quarter, Voils went 65 yards on a reverse to give his team an 18-13 lead.
Brown County regained the advantage on a drive that stayed alive thanks to a roughing-the-kicker penalty on the Vikings — only to have Voils take the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to put the Vikings back on top. But a West Vigo fumble set up the 38-yard scoring drive for the Eagles that ended with the fourth-down touchdown pass.
Brown County 34, West Vigo 30
Brown County 6 7 6 21 — 34
West Vigo 6 6 12 6 — 30
WV — Hunter Voils 85 kickoff return (run failed), 11:46 1st
BC — Cody Leeper 47 run (kick failed), 9:28 1st
BC — Billy Pruitt 1 run (Collin Graeber kick), 10:32 2nd
WV — Jimmy Maples 6 run (run failed), 3:24 2nd
WV — Voils 65 run (pass failed), 7:55 3rd
BC — Austin Walsh 4 run (run failed), 4:41 3rd
WV — Voils 92 kickoff return (kick blocked), 4:27 3rd
BC — Luke Huls 5 pass from Dillon Boknecht (Jordan Lucas pass from Boknecht), 5:42 4th
BC — Huls 105 interception return (Graeber kick), 1:41 4th
WV — Tyler Gustafson 65 pass from Maples (kick failed), 1:31 4th
First downs 14 12
Rushes-yards 47-292 33-216
Passing yards 49 136
Comp-Att-Int 4-9-0 5-12-2
Return yards 160 15
Punts-avg 4-37.5 3-33.3
Fumbles-lost 5-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 6-40 6-48
Rushing: BC — Leeper 8-85, Walsh 3-77, Boknecht 16-63, Pruitt 7-42, Philip Palmer 4-20, Cory Stiles 2-8, Chase Snider 4-4, Team 3-(minus 7). WV —Voils 4-66, Maples 12-63, Skyler Warnock 14-56, Dakota Short 2-24, Sammy Bowden 1-7.
Passing: BC — Boknecht 4-9-0, 49. WV — Maples 5-12-2, 136.
Receiving: BC — Huls 3-37, Alex Cade 1-12. WV — Voils 3-37, Gustafson 1-65, Daniel McClain 1-34.
Next — Both teams play Sept. 14 in Lucas Oil Stadium, Brown County (2-1, 1-1 Western Indiana Conference) at 5 p.m. against South Vermillion and West Vigo (0-3, 0-1) at 8 p.m. against Linton.