It’s as improbable a win by a Coeur d’Alene football team in some time.
Visiting Coeur d’Alene scored two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, 28 seconds to knock off the Central Valley Bears 37-30 in a nonleague game.
Vikings senior quarterback Austin Lee hit a streaking Brody Lundblad on a 65-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds remaining as Coeur d’Alene rallied from a 23-8 halftime deficit.
It was a huge bounce-back for CdA (1-1) after it did anything and everything wrong in a season-opening 22-0 loss to Skyline of Idaho Falls.
“Even if the outcome were to end up differently, our kids made a huge step and did all the things we asked them to do,” CdA coach Shawn Amos said. “We’re playing a lot of new guys and you could see the difference. They really answered the bell and took coaching. It’s a great group of kids who care and a great group of coaches who work hard. Huge strides because Central Valley’s good.”
The defeat will likely sting for the Bears for a bit. It was a game they didn’t finish.
CV defensive back Tanner Gummersall intercepted a Lee pass, the QB’s third interception, and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown in what would be the Bears’ final score. The TD put CV ahead 30-16 with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter.
To the Viks’ credit, they answered the turnover-turn-TD when Lee found sophomore Cole Ramseyer open on a 10-yard TD pass with 1:52 to go in the third as the visitors pulled within 30-24.
CdA’s defense turned up its intensity a couple notches in the fourth quarter. Forcing CV to punt, the Viks partially blocked the kick, taking over at CV’s 47-yard line with 6:27 to go.
Six plays later, Lee got the third of four TD passes when he found Colin Richards on a 10-yard connection. The 2-point conversion failed but the score was knotted at 30-30 with 4:28 remaining.
CV appeared as if it would put together a drive. The Bears moved to CdA’s 35 and was in range of Ryan Rehkow. But Bears quarterback Tanner Sloan was sacked twice, forcing a punt.
And it was a good punt by Rehkow, who pinned CdA deep at its 6. But three completed passes later, including the bomb to Lundblad, and the Viks had pulled off the comeback.
Lee split duty last week with sophomore Colson Yankoff. But Yankoff suffered a broken knuckle so Lee took all the snaps. He finished 23 of 46 for 349 yards.
“You got to get lucky sometimes,” Amos said. “That just shows the resilience of those guys. I don’t think we really had that resilience in the first game. We puckered up a little bit. This group kept resilient. We have a long ways to go but we have a chance to be pretty good.”
Lee said the Viks kept their focus and practiced hard this week.
“Coaches were on our butts all week to push us to get better,” Lee said. “I couldn’t ask for much more from my teammates to put me in a situation to win this game.”
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