With 22 seconds remaining in the game, the Eureka defense denied Lafayette of a game-tying two-point conversion, and the Wildcats triumphed 17-15 Friday night in front of a jam-packed crowd at Lafayette High School.
Both offenses struggled in the early stages of the tilt, failing to find any rhythm, much less consistency.
The Lancers struck first thanks to bad snap on a late-first quarter punt attempt by Eureka.
On fourth and long from inside their own 40 yard line, Eureka deep snapper Mason Brooks fired a high snap that sailed over the head of punter Bo Highful.
Lafayette recovered, and moments later Cameron Scales threw his first touchdown pass of the season. The extra-point attempt was no good, but the Lancers had a 6-0 lead.
Eureka answered the bell on its next possession when Brett Geisz connected with Bobby Saunders for a long touchdown, giving the visitors a 7-6 lead.
Highful extended the Wildcats’ lead to 10-6 with a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Geisz extended the lead with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to make it a 17-6 game.
The Lancers rallied with a 35-yard field goal from Jake Reynolds, then drove the length of the field in the final two minutes to make it a two-point game.
But the Wildcats stuffed Scales’ from the 2-yard line in the waning seconds to seal the victory.
Both teams combined for 20 penalties for nearly 200 yards. Eureka was penalized 12 times for 140 yards in a game that lasted over three hours. Check out the replay …
Eureka plays at Oakville next Friday. The Tigers play at Parkway South Saturday. Lafayette (0-1) takes on Hazelwood Central next Saturday.