Woodward, Okla. —
GARDEN CITY, Kan. – In a wild back-and-forth contest, the Boomers came up a point short against the host Buffaloes in high school football action here Friday night.
Garden City edged Woodward 35-34 in a game that wasn't decided until a late interception stopped the Boomers last possession in the final minute.
The teams combined for 69 points and over 1,000 yards in total offense, but no points were scored in the fourth period.
Garden City led 28-7 in the first half, but the Boomers came back to take a 34-28 lead with 1:33 left in the third quarter.
A couple of plays later, though, Garden City went up for good when Grayson Tempel connected with Mitchell Hernandez for a 45-yard touchdown pass. Ismael Hernandez added the extra point, which proved to be the victory margin.
The scoring started early with Tempel and M. Hernandez connecting for an 84-yard touchdown less than a minute into the game.
Tempel's 31-yard run gave Garden City a 14-0 lead.
Micah Kee got the Boomers on the board with a 1-yard run and Jason Alexander kicked the extra point.
But Tempel hit Caleb Tramp for a 52-yard touchdown pass and it was 21-7 after one period.
When Jared Koster scored on an 11-yard run, the Buffaloes led 28-7, but the Boomers fought back, scoring twice before halftime, both on 1-yard runs by Kale Hixon that made it 28-21.
Woodward closed to within a point in the third period on Hixon's 11-yard touchdown pass to Lane Reazin, but the missed extra point left Garden City ahead 28-27.
After a Buffalo miscue on the kickoff, the Boomers recovered the loose ball at the 5-yard line and Dakota Taylor's touchdown run put them ahead for the first time, 34-28.
The lead, though, was brief when Garden City answered a few seconds later.
The Boomers had 178 yards rushing and added 309 through the air as Hixon completed 19 of 28 passes.
Garden City had 300 yards passing and another 225 rushing.
Both teams are 1-1.
The Boomers are home for the next 2 weeks to take on Northwest Classen and Piedmont.