Trailing 14-7 at Douglas Friday night, and facing a fourth and 20 with three minutes remaining, senior quarterback Hunter Fralick may made the play of the year for the Cougars so far. The Nevada verbal commit scrambled for 21 yards and a first down.
“It was a very gutsy, very leadership oriented run,” coach Scott Hare said.
Fralick and his offense took advantage of the run and scored with 32 seconds remaining, a point after try away from sending the game to overtime. But Hare didn’t have overtime on his mind.
The Cougars went for two and converted, securing a 15-14 win to improve to 2-2 on the season.
“You can’t beat that on a Friday night,” Hare said.
“It was just the feel of the game. We went on a six minute drive, we went 92 yards and I felt like overtime would have just slowed things down. We had the momentum and it came down to one play. Our offense was getting three yards when it needed it.”
The game-winning drive started on the Cougars’ eight-yard line with six minutes left.
The Cougars trailed 7-0 at halftime and 14-0 later in the second half before the comeback. The game was the Cougars final nonleague game of the season but Hare did not shrug off the importance of the win.
“It’s a big win,” Hare said. “It’s big because we were down 14-0 and we were 1-2. I gave a heartfelt halftime speech and I don’t usually do that and the kids responded. It was a big win.”
Spanish Springs abandoned the run game Friday night and relied nearly completely on Fralick’s shoulder.
The senior completed 28 of 41 pass attempts for 280 yards and a touchdown. Gherig Parks hauled in 12 of those completions for 150 yards and Fralicks’s lone touchdown pass.
Going into the contest the Cougars’ defense had allowed more than 38 points per game. Seeing a ‘14’ on the opponent’s scoreboard was refreshing for Hare.
“We needed to play better on defense and we did,” Hare said. “It was big to come through on defense tonight.”
Spanish Springs opens High Desert League play at home Friday against Hug but after playing the Sierra League and scouting the HDL teams, Hare believes his team has its work cut out.
“Hug is a scrappy squad. I have plenty of film on them and they’re a good squad,” Hare said. After playing the Sierra schools and now moving into the High Desert, both are going to be scratch-and-claw leagues.”