“It did (spark us),” Fulton said. “Brock looked tremendous. I don’t know what’s taken us so long.”
Flora seized momentum early in the third when Newton turned the ball over at their own 22 on a bad snap on a punt attempt. Flora would convert a short fourth down attempt by inches, and Leib ran the next play in from 12 yards to make it 21-14.
The Eagle offense wouldn’t be denied, as they ran the ball down the field with authority. The drive stalled, but Mammoser channeled his inner Tim Tebow on fourth and two from the five, throwing a jumping touchdown to Tanner Shull to tie the game at 21-21.
The Wolves turned the ball over on downs at the Newton 31 to start the fourth, and Newton took advantage. Allen Taylor took the ball 28 yards on the first play, and Brandon Tolliver-Goode finished it off with a 41-yard touchdown, giving Newton a 28-27 lead.
“Allen and the offensive line, we got into them a little, saying to open some holes from us,” Fulton said. Lucas Huston did a great job at fullback opening some holes.”
Alan Stephenson turned it right back around for Flora, returning the ensuing kick 80 yards for the score. It was Flora’s second kick return that went the distance on the day, the first being called back due to a penalty.
Thompson would miss the kick, in a preview of things to come, making it 28-27.
The teams traded turnovers, with Taylor being stripped of the ball, but Tolliver-Goode picking Leib’s next pass off at the five-yard line. Newton killed eight minutes off the clock but turned it over in the red zone, but the defense held its ground and Thompson couldn’t convert.
“I thought defensively we played great,” Fulton said. “I don’t think their stats are super huge, they just had some big plays. The kickoff return was a killer.”