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McCoy to Flynn keeps Raiders in the chase

Reynolds converts a late two-point try to get past Barlow 36-35

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: TROY WAYRYNEN - Reynolds QB Nick McCoy eludes the rush to get off a pass in front of Barlow linebacker Ransom Norquist. McCoy completed a ball for the winning two-point conversion with 3:22 to play.

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Reynolds running back Jonas Ford had just zipped through a crowd of tacklers 15 yards to the end zone to bring the Raiders within a single point of Barlow late in the fourth quarter Friday night. Time to bring out the kicker and head to overtime.

Except Raiders’ head coach Dustin Janz wasn’t thinking overtime — he was thinking win.

“We had to change the momentum. We had to get on top,” he said.

He kept his offense on the field, including jayvee QB Nick McCoy, who was pressed into action when Jesus Garcia went down with a broken collarbone early in the third quarter. McCoy who had thrown his first Friday-night pass just 15 minutes earlier was being asked to toss one more — this time with the game in the balance.

Reynolds receiver Kanyon Flynn took three quick strides to reach the end zone took a sharp right heading for the sideline. The ball was already on its way — a high pass that flew over the top of a Barlow defender and was pulled down by an airborne Flynn for the 36-35 win.

Barlow got the ball back one last time, only to have a run stuffed at the line, followed by a holding penalty.

It didn’t get better.

Reynolds linebacker Conor Stewart crashed through and sacked the QB for a 9-yard loss to bring up 3rd-and-31. Barlow made a desperate throw to the first-down marker on its next play, but Flynn picked it off to end the game.

The wild win kept the Raiders’ playoff hopes alive, moving them into a four-team jumble fighting for the league’s last guaranteed spot with one week left in the regular season.

Look for expanded game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 28, print edition.

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