On Salt Fork’s first possession of the game, A-L/A-H’s Tyler Schuring picked off a Jacob Hughes pass in the end zone. That play not only kept the Storm from getting on the board, it set the tone for what would be a frustrating, turnover-filled day.
On Salt Fork’s next possession, it fumbled on the second play of the drive, and Schuring was once again there for the recovery.
The Storm (8-2) turned the ball over on three of their six first-half possessions, each time coughing it up in Knights territory.
“They made some good plays on the ball,” Salt Fork senior running back and linebacker Cole Taylor said. “It didn’t seem like we were lax with the ball, I just felt like it was the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Salt Fork finally found the end zone with one minute, 52 seconds to go in the second quarter when Hughes connected with Seth McLain for a 47-yard touchdown.
That scoring strike had seemed to shift the momentum back into Salt Fork’s favor. The Storm carried it over to the second half and scored on their first possession, a 61-yard drive capped by Taylor’s three-yard run.
The Knights (8-2) responded with a 64-yard run by Schuring to pull to within 12-10, but Salt Fork answered with another 64-yard drive to go up 19-12.
But that is when the misfortune returned. The Storm’s next two possessions ended in a fumble cause by a long snap, and an interception. A-L/A-H took advantage by scoring 13 unanswered points to secure the win.
Just as the game began with Schuring intercepting Hughes’ first pass attempt, Knights senior defensive back Cutris Plank sealed the win with another interception with 47 seconds to go at the A-L/A-H 31-yard line.