ROCK SPRINGS – It looked as if it would be a not-so-happy homecoming, but a late offensive explosion with two minutes left gave the Tigers a homecoming win over Evanston, 28-27.
The Tigers trailed for the entire game until right at the end. Evanston controlled the clock all game and the Tigers defense struggled to stop the Red Devil offense. Heading into the fourth, Evanston controlled the tempo and the score, 27-16.
With just over two minutes left in the game, the Tigers forced a turnover to keep a slim hope alive. Tiger quarterback Wrylee Padilla stepped up and found Carter Rosette through the air to cut the lead to 27-22.
The Tigers would recover the onside kick and go right back to work. Evanston forced a fourth down and the Tigers had to go for it. John Nowland pancaked a Red Devil defender which sprung Marcus Kalista for a 35-yard touchdown run. The run gave the Tigers the one-point lead, 28-27 with 45 second left. In was the first lead of the game for Rock Springs.
Down but not out, Evanston moved the ball downfield and with one second left sat on the TIger 24-yard line. The Red Devils attempted the 40-yard field goal but it came up short, giving the Tigers the homecoming win.
To open the game it was all Red Devils. Evanston took over on the kickoff and marched down the field to open up scoring. The Tigers started a little slow, but Matt Fowler was able to spark the offense with a 30-yard run. Several plays later, Fowler capped the drive with a 5-yard run. The Tigers converted on a two-point attempt.
Evanston went right back to work and a long drive, which ended the first quarter and ran off several minutes of the second, ended with the Red Devils back in front, 13-8.
A Tiger turnover had the Red Devils back on the offense in Rock Springs territory. The Tiger defense came up big as they were able to intercept a Red Devil pass to keep them off the board. Rock Springs was stopped and did not convert on fourth down, giving Evanston the ball at the 35-yard-line of the Tigers.
This time Evanston found the endzone to take a 20-8 lead. That would be the way the first half would end.