Baker’s kick with four seconds left lifts Donoho
by Matthew Tyson
Special to The Star
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Freshman kicker Mitchell Baker made a 32-yard field goal with four seconds left to clinch a 30-27 victory Friday for the Donoho Falcons over Collinsville.

This was the fourth win for Donoho and the first loss for the Panthers this season. Senior quarterback Christ Carr led the Falcons in rushing with 160 out of 236 total yards.

“I’m extremely proud of my team,” Donoho head coach Shannon Felder said. “We played hard, and the coaches knew this would be a hard fought game.”

Donoho got off to a fast start, eventually building a 27-14 lead before Collinsville roared back.

Dalten Martin scored on the first drive on a 20-yard reception.

Collinsville went four-and-out on its first drive, but junior Jalyn Martin recovered a fumble on Donoho’s next possession. After a false-start penalty, Martin took the ball up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown, tying the game with five minutes left in the first quarter.

Both teams struggled to move the ball for the rest of the quarter, but at the start of the second, Donoho quarterback Chris Carr put seven more on the board.

He kept the snap, broke two tackles in the backfield, and beat the defense to the corner for a 35-yard touchdown run.

The Panthers answered minutes later with a pass to junior receiver Christopher Leath who tied the score 14-14.

With 45 seconds left in the first half, Carr scrambled and, just before going down, flipped a short pass to Trey Brown, who ran it in for a 21-14 lead.

In the third quarter, the Falcons went up 27-14 when Justin Foster rushed 35 yards for a touchdown.

At the end of the third, the Panthers found themselves in Donoho territory, and capitalized with Martin running a touchdown out of the wildcat formation.

Foster snuffed a Collinsville drive with an interception, but the Panthers’ Aaron Rodriguez took the ball back with his own interception.

On the next play, the Panthers ran a double pass, first to sophomore Dominick Brockitt, who then found Leath at the 20-yard line. Leath snagged the pass and blew through for a touchdown.

Donoho blocked the extra point, keeping the score tied at 27-27.

On the last drive, Donoho started and its own 10, and it ended with the Falcons putting Baker in position for his game-winning field goal.

“We played real flat in the first half,” said Panthers head coach Ernie Willingham. “It took us a while to realize we were in a ball game. When they figured it out and started playing hard, we were two scores down.”

Willingham acknowledged the talent of his players, but added his young team is inexperienced.

“We’re improving,” Willingham said. “We got to go back to work Monday.”

Next Friday, the Falcons head to Falkville, while Collinsville hosts Cedar Bluff.
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