Bruins left one trick short
Saturday, November 01, 2008
The host Beddingfield varsity football team needed one more trick on this eerie, long Halloween evening.And the Bruins delivered with a 28-yard touchdown play off a reverse pass with a mere two minutes and 13 seconds remaining.But, Kinston, after a mistake-filled marathon of three hours, 10 minutes, managed to treat itself to its first league football championship since 1982 with a spooky 33-32 conquest to ruin Senior Night for 24 Beddingfield seniors.The Vikings assured themselves of no worse than a share of the 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference championship, equaled the school record for most wins in a season and terminated the Bruins’ dreams of an undefeated season.The teams came into the game undefeated in conference play. Kinston emerged 4-0 in the ECC and 8-2 overall, while the Bruins tumbled to 3-1 and 9-1, respectively. Both teams end the regular season next week.Eighteen plays were run after the Bruins seized a 32-25 advantage with 2:13 showing. The outcome was in doubt until the Bruins missed on a 26-yard field-goal attempt on the final play.Junior quarterback Lance Price’s 32-yard toss to senior receiver Joshua Crowell left the Bruins with a first down at Kinston’s 8-yard line and just under eight seconds remaining.After a pass fell incomplete, just three-plus seconds showed. Head coach Tyrone Johnson opted for the field-goal try.