It was a bitter ending to the Homecoming game Saturday, October 20 when the Bluejays lost in the last six minutes after leading since the kick off.
The Bluejays’ offense came alive for the overflowing crowd in the first quarter when Jim Robley scored on an 18 yard pass from Jake Tahnaey. The drive took 5 plays for 82 yards. Kaiden Triniger kicked the extra point.
Millikin evened out the score in the second quarter with Jazontae Howard’s 6 yard touchdown run. The drive took 15 plays for 93 yards, and Raibley secured the extra point.
Later in the second quarter, EC broke the 7-7 tie with a 28 yard field goal by Kaiden Triniger. The drive was completed in 11 plays for 51 yards.
In the third quarter, EC stretched their lead to 13-7 after driving 54 yards in 11 plays to score with a 27 yard field goal by Triniger.
The Bluejays’ defense held off Millikin in the third quarter when Romaine Richards sacked quarterback Cal Pohrte on the 40 yard line on 4th down giving EC back the ball. Brandon Greer also helped the Bluejays’ defense in the third quarter with an interception in the end zone, which kept Millikin from scoring.
EC failed to get a first down on their next possession, and Millikin took the ball at midfield after the EC punt. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Pohrte found Tyrice Hines for a 33 yard touchdown pass, giving Millikin a 14-13 lead.
“With 5 minutes left on the clock, the hope was to drive down the field to get into field goal position [range],” said head coach Ron Planz’s about his strategy when Millikin took the lead.
However, at Millikin’s 45 yard line, EC turned the ball over with one minute left. This allowed Millikin to run out the clock and steal this year’s EC Homecoming football game.
The Bluejays travel to North Central College next Saturday, October 27 for another CCIW match up.