By MICHAEL HUGHES
DENVER –– East Lincoln survived a flag-filled defensive struggle on Friday against visiting Bunker Hill at David Clark Stadium. Neither team could mount an offensive surge before the Mustangs prevailed, 14-10, despite 18 penalties totaling 120 yards.
The winning points came from sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt’s 19-yard fourth-down strike late in the third quarter to his brother, freshman wideout Sage Surratt.
“I’ve never watched such a game,” said disgusted East Lincoln coach Mike Byus of his team’s miscues. “That was the most awful stuff I’ve ever watched. We weren’t ready to play.”
After a scoreless first quarter the Mustangs (6-1, 3-0 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A) got on board first on Damarius Valentine’s 15-yard scoring catch from Chazz Surratt followed by the first of two extra points from sophomore Blake Strupp.
The Bears tied it on Colton Chapman’s 1-yard plunge and point after with 16 seconds left before halftime.
Bunker Hill took the lead at the 3:45 mark of the third quarter when Chapman, a triple-threat runner, passer and kicker, just cleared the crossbar a 32-yard field goal after an encroachment penalty on the Mustangs scooted the ball five yards closer.
The Surratt brothers hooked up two minutes later to help provide the winning margin and both teams were held scoreless in the last quarter.
Chazz Surratt completed 13 of 23 pass attempts for 139 yards with two TDs.
“We tried to play as smart as we could,” said Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner. “Unfortunately, we didn’t make the plays when we had to.
“(East Lincoln’s) touchdown at the end of the third quarter on fourth down, we were there, we just didn’t make the play. We bat that ball down, we win. One play makes a difference.”
The Bears (4-3, 0-3) had trouble coming from behind late in the game when their run–oriented offense and had to adjust.
“Defensively, we did a good job with their running game and made them go to the air,” said Byus. “And that’s not their forte.”
Chazz Surratt was limited to 65 yards rushing while Valentine had four catches for 52 yards and a score.
The Bears were led by workhorse Jordan Eckerd’s 58 yards rushing.
“We didn’t make the plays and they did,” said Conner, whose team has dropped three straight after a 4-0 start. “My hat’s off to them. Mike does a great job. His kids are class from top to bottom.
“We came close, but close don’t count. We’ve got to line up and play next Friday, and so will they.”