You can’t fault Christopher “Scooby” Reynolds for the drop. He had done about as much as one player can do in a game to help his team win.
After rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for another, the Foss quarterback switched to wide receiver in an act of desperation, with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter and his team trailing by eight points.
Reynolds caught a 25-yard touchdown from receiver Michel Cocke’ to give Falcons a chance at a tie an overtime.
But with several Yelm defenders blocking his vision on the ball, Cocke’ pass to Reynolds on the two-point conversion slipped through Reynolds’ fingers. That allowed Yelm to slip past Foss, 26-24, at Mount Tahoma Stadium on Friday night.
Leading 6-0 midway through the second quarter, Foss looked dominant but yet led just 6-0. The Falcons’ defense had stopped Yelm on its first five possessions and forced a turnover.
Then the power went on in the stadium with four minutes, 26 seconds to go before the half. Thirty minutes later, the lights came back on and Yelm sprang to life.
Yelm scored 13 unanswered points following the delay and added another 13 in the fourth.
Yelm’s Bo Campbell intercepted Reynolds and returned the ball to Foss’ 9, and Vernon Parker kicked a 20-yard field goal to help the Tornados crawl back into contention.
After a short possession by Foss, Yelm’s Brandon Thompson returned a 62-yard punt for a touchdown in the third quarter to push Yelm ahead, 10-6.
Parker nailed a 40-yard field goal following an interception thrown by Sidaris Fletcher on a halfback pass to extend the Tornadoes’ lead to 13-6.
Then, things got interesting.
Reynolds broke several tackles on a broken pass play before scampering down the right sideline for a 40-yard score.
Following a fumble by Yelm on the ensuing kickoff, Reynolds hooked up with Cocke’ for a 17-yard score, pushing the Falcons ahead, 18-13.
But the Falcons’ defense couldn’t hold Yelm. The Tornados scored rushing touchdowns of 30 and 54 yards by quarterback DeVante Pearson and Thompson to increase the lead.