HERNDON — On a 1st-and-22 following a holding penalty late in the fourth quarter with under a minute to go, Line Mountain quarterback Ryan Reed hit Cory Paul for a 47-yard pass as Paul caught it behind his defender falling down.
Reed got up to the line on 1st-and-10 from the 15 and spiked it. Next play, it was Reed who threw a perfect pass to Justin Michael down the sideline who got tackled at the Juniata 3.
It looked like momentum was on Line Mountain’s side and they were going to pull off a dramatic, late comeback win against Juniata.
Then things went cold.
From the three on 2nd-and-goal, Reed took off up the middle and was tackled just inches from the goal line. The following play, Reed fumbled the snap and lost a yard as time quickly ticked away with no timeouts remaining.
The Eagles had one last chance to score when Reed fired in the back corner of the end zone to Zach Bobb, but it wasn’t on target as Juniata walked away with an exciting 17-14 win at Glenn Ressler Field at Line Mountain High School on a chilly Friday night.
"(I told our guys) just we need to get on the ball and work the sidelines and they just have to believe we can do it, and they did. Couple kids made some plays. We got there, had a couple opportunities to score, just couldn’t get it done," Line Mountain coach Rodney Knocke said. "We’d have liked to kick a field goal there (on final possession), but just ran out of time. (In) heat of the moment trying to make decisions like that, especially when you don’t have any timeouts left, it’s tough."
The Eagles (1-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Juniata (1-2) in the second quarter.