It took until the final seconds but the Upton-Sundance Patriots came away with a win and moved to a 3-1 overall (2-0 conference) record during the squad’s homecoming game against the Hill City Rangers here on Friday.
Hill City opened the scoring with a touchdown at 6:22 in the first quarter.
Homecoming King Trent Bush answered a few minutes later with a fourth-down rush of 15 yards and a Patriot touchdown. Caleb Bush punched in the two-point conversion and the Pats took an 8-6 lead.
A second quarter td pass from Bryton Materi to Mike Christensen followed by a failed conversion pushed the patriot lead to 14-6 half way through the second.
Hill City quickly answered with a rushing touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game at 14 with 3:50 left until half.
The Patriots marched back down the field and Jett Materi punched in from 17 yards for another U-S score. Ben Stoddard added two more on the conversion with a quarterback sneak, putting the Pats up 22-14 as the half ended.
It was Hill City who struck first in the second half with an interception return for a touchdown. A two point conversion knotted the score at 22 points with 46 seconds left in the third.
Both squads battled back and forth through the final quarter until the Patriots were able to mount a late drive which ended with a 14-yard Jett Materi touchdown rush in the final minute and gave the Patriots the victory, 28-22.
The Patriots will take their three-game winning streak on the road to Pine Bluffs this Friday. Pine Bluffs (3-1 overall, 2-1 conference) comes into the contest after losing in Lusk 41-0 last week.
Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 5 p.m.