Fourth Quarter Special Teams Clinches Victory in Father Ryan vs Baylor

The Father Ryan Irish traveled to Baylor to take on the Red Raiders Friday night. Father Ryan entered play at 3-2 after beating Ensworth last week 14-9.

Father Ryan got the ball to start the game, but didn’t do much with it. They were forced to punt to the Red Raiders. Baylor wasted no time as they drove down the field and connected on a touchdown pass making it 7-0.

On the following Father Ryan possession, the Irish marched down the field and converted on a fourth down and seven. Ultimately, the drive stalled after that and Father Ryan missed the field goal attempt keeping the score 7-0.

Baylor had the ball and driving as the first quarter came to an end. The first play of the second quarter Baylor scored a touchdown to increase their lead to 14.

Father Ryan responded with a touchdown drive of their own as they paced down the field and scored from about a yard out to cut the lead to 14-7.

The Red Raiders added another first half touchdown to increase their lead to 21. Father Ryan did get the ball back with a chance to cut the lead before halftime. The Irish two minute offense was near perfect as they scored a touchdown with under thirty-seconds remaining in the first half. The score at halftime was 21-14.

Out of halftime, Father Ryan stopped Baylor on their opening drive. On the ensuing possession, the Irish stalled out around midfield and flipped the field position with a punt.

Baylor slowly marched down the field following the punt. The Red Raiders took up the rest of the third quarter on their drive and threatened to score with a first and goal.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders punched it in to go up 2 touchdowns. Father Ryan answered the bell though as they marched down the field and scored a touchdown of their own to make it 28-21.

On the kickoff following the touchdown, Father Ryan forced a fumble and recovered it. They started in excellent field position. The Irish capitalized on the turnover by scoring a touchdown and tying the game at 28.

The Baylor Red Raiders steadily drove the ball downfield and got into field goal range with four minutes remaining. After a couple of shots at the end zone, Baylor attempted a field goal.

Father Ryan blocked the field goal and returned it all the way for a touchdown to take the lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game. On the following kickoff, Father Ryan forced another turnover. The Irish retained the ball with the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Father Ryan would run out the clock and hold on for the win.

Father Ryan made an incredible comeback with two forced turnovers on kickoffs, and a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Irish improve to 4-2.

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