Foothill kicker Cory Fisher delivered the knockout of the title fight that was Foothill at Basic on Thursday night.
The junior hit a 32-yard game-winning field goal to give the Falcons a 30-27 victory in the Battle of Boulder Highway.
“It came down to our kicker, number six,” Foothill senior wide receiver Ian Ellis said. “(It’s) thanks to him that we won the game.”
The entire game took the tone of a boxing match, with each team punching and counterpunching with big plays and big scores.
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Basic senior quarterback Antraye Johnson started the scoring, with a 54-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Wolfpack led 6-0.
A quick answer followed. Fisher ran back the ensuing kickoff to inside Basic’s 30-yard line, helping lead to a 20-yard touchdown grab by Ellis from fellow Foothill senior Drew Doxtator.
Trailing 7-6 early in the second quarter, Johnson connected with Basic senior wide receiver David Garza on a 49-yard bomb. Senior running back Jon Scoffield capped off the drive with a 1-yard running TD. The Wolfpack failed on another 2-point attempt, but led 12-7.
Late in second quarter and in a hurry-up offense, the Foothill passing attack flourished. A Doxtator big pass play on a slant route to senior wide receiver George Chumas helped set up a 2-yard rushing touchdown from junior running back Bobby Merritt.
The slant was a deadly weapon for Foothill all evening. Falcons head coach Marty Redmond says confusing the Basic defense with multiple formations helped the passing game succeed.
As the third quarter started, Johnson made the highlight of the night, scrambling and cutting his way to a 63-yard touchdown run to give Basic an 18-14 lead.
“That kid over there is like Houdini,” Redmond said.
But, Foothill answered right back with a Doxtator to Ellis huge pass and catch. Moments later, Doxtator connected with senior wide receiver Bryce Broadwell on a 12-yard score to put the Falcons back ahead 20-18.
“We have a lot of confidence in our offense,” Redmond said. “If we do give up a big play, we feel like our offense can get us right back in it.”
Early in the fourth, Doxtator and Ellis connected again on a 5-yard fade route. The Falcons pulled ahead by two scores at 27-18.
But queue the Basic counterpunch, Johnson found Scoffield streaking up the middle for a 60-yard touchdown. That would be the last touchdown of the night, as Basic trailed 27-24.
With less than five minutes to go, Johnson added one more job to his game resume: kicker. He drilled a 24-yarder to tie the game at 27.
But, 4:19 remained on the clock, and Foothill stayed with its bread and butter on offense.
“We’re a passing team, and we showed that tonight,” Ellis said.
Another slant route led to another big play as senior wide receiver David Persi got deep into Basic territory.
Then, Fisher, who had missed two shorter field goals earlier in the game, stepped up and nailed his 32-yarder.
With 12 seconds left, Johnson and Scoffield tried their best to get Basic into the end zone. Johnson scrambled around to find Scoffield, but time ran out as the senior was knocked out of bounds 10 yards shy of the end zone.
Foothill’s now won four straight after dropping the first two games of the season. The Falcons will host Coronado next Friday. Basic drops to 2-3 and will travel to Del Sol.
STORY AND VIDEO BY BARRY WONG