Chase held off a determined Polk County comeback Wednesday to hand the Wolverines a 22-16 setback in junior varsity football action in Forest City.
The Trojans scored with 38 seconds remaining to take that 22-16 advantage. But an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, assessed on the kickoff, and a kickoff that went out of bounds gave Polk County (1-4) the ball at the Chase 42.
Lawson Carter hit Bryson Jones with a 17-yard pass to the 25, and another unsportsmanlike penalty a play later on the Chase bench moved the ball to the 12. Vincent Twitty picked up seven yards on a rushing attempt to get the ball to the five-yard line with eight seconds left.
An intentional grounding penalty moved Polk back to the 12 with two seconds left, and a final pass into the end zone fell incomplete to end the game.
Chase opened a 16-0 lead late in the second quarter, but Polk County cut the margin in half in one play, that a 65-yard touchdown pass from Carter to Twitty and a 2-point conversion from Carter to Luke Miller.
The Wolverines then scored on their first drive of the second half, a 50-yard march that ended with Deaken Nodine’s four-yard scoring run. Carter and Jones teamed on the 2-point conversion to tie the game.
A fumble at the goal line midway through the fourth period denied Polk a scoring opportunity and set the stage for the final frantic minute.
The Wolverines return home next Thursday for their final home game of the season, hosting Mitchell at 7 p.m. That game can also be seen on the NFHS Network.