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Football: Conroy’s Kick Lifts Bellaire

October 6, 2012
By KIM NORTH , Times Leader

CADIZ _ A good kicker in high school football is a bonus.

A very good kicker is a weapon.

Bellaire used the big right leg of Dalton Conroy to slip past Harrison Central, 29-28, on Friday night at a jam-packed Wagner Field in Buckeye 8 action.

The 240-pound Big Reds' senior booted a 22-yard field goal as time expired to give his team an improbable victory against the stunned Huskies and their faithful.

"That is probably the most pressure I've ever felt in my life," Conroy explained.

Bellaire trailed 28-26 after junior quarterback Spencer Badia capped a seven-play, 67-yard touchdown drive with a 5-yard quarterback draw. His two-point pass was batted away by a diving Fletcher Watt to preserve Harrison Central's slim lead with 3:25 remaining to play.

With the Huskies expecting an onside kick, Conroy boomed one deep that Josh Moore fielded at the goal line and returned to the 15.

Running back Maurtice Hython gained 4 yards on first down, but lost one on second as Logan Koshenka made a tackle.

On third-and-7, Harrison Central quarterback Rashaen Mitchell dropped back to pass. With the rush in his face, he spun around a couple of times to elude defenders, but soon found himself in the end zone. He got a step out of the end zone before getting flagged for intentional grounding. That left the Huskies with fourth-and-24 from inside their own 1.

David Miser's punt was fielded by Brendon Ross at the 36 and returned to the 28. On third-and-4, Badia laced a rocket into the arms of Hunter Westlake that moved the ball to the Huskies' 11. Badia gained 6 yards on a pair of carries that lined Conroy up for his game-winning attempt.

After a pair of timeouts, one by each team, the snap from Wyatt Back to Badia was perfect and Conroy's kick split the uprights as the Bellaire sidelines and bleachers erupted in joyous celebration.

"Dalton is the weapon we talked about earlier in the year," Bellaire coach Jose Davis said. "We know where we have to get to be in his range. That was a chip shot for him. He probably had 20 or 30 yards to go on that kick."

While the kick made winners out of Bellaire for the fifth time in seven outings, and halted a two-game losing skid, the loss was really hard to swallow for the Huskies on Homecoming.

"They made one more play than we did," Harrison Central coach Justin Kropka said. "Our kids played hard and were in the right places. It just didn't work out."

The game was a tale of two halves as the Huskies bolted to a 28-20 halftime margin thanks to a 21-point second quarter.

Hython picked up 119 of his 211 yards and all four of his team's touchdowns in the first half. Only two of his 15 second-half carries went for more than 7 yards.

"We really didn't make any big adjustments defensively at halftime," Davis explained. "They (Harrison) were just muscling us up and down the field. Our kids had to man up and they did."

Badia finished 26 of 44 for 306 yards and a touchdown. Patrone landed nine catches for 99 yards, with Maffe gaining 95 on five receptions.

Mitchell was 6-for-11 for 98 yards and an interception, which was pilfered by Patrone.

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