Aaron Velasquez caught a 36-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Terry to give the Bayfield Wolverines a come-from-behind 22-17 football victory at Montezuma-Cortez on Saturday afternoon.
The game-winning play came after the Wolverines managed to force a fumble and recover the ball with 1:30 on the clock.
Trailing 17-14 with no timeouts, BHS completed a couple of short passes and threw two incompletions. With :08 on the clock, Terry dropped back and lofted a ball into the end zone where Velasquez came down with it. They added the two-point conversion for the final margin.
"When Ryan threw that ball, I said, 'Where's he throwing it?' I thought he was throwing to Brenden Harrison," said BHS head coach Marshall Hahn.
"But ... it came right to Aaron. He had managed to get behind them."
It was the only lead of the game for the Wolverines.
Cortez opened the scoring with a long touchdown run in the first quarter.
The Panthers extended the lead to 10-0 in the second quarter on a field goal.
"In the second half we made some adjustments," Hahn said. "Then, we were able to move the ball pretty well."
The Wolverines got on the board on a 30-yard Velasquez run.
Seth Posey's two-point conversion run pulled BHS to within 10-8.
Cortez scored again in the fourth quarter to lead 17-8.
Posey cut that lead when scored on a 29-yard run. The conversion failed, and Bayfield trailed 17-14.
After getting the football back with 4:30 to play, the Wolverines drove into Cortez territory but turned the ball over on downs.
After using all of their timeouts, the Wolverines came up with the crucial fumble to set up the game-winner.
"For a zero week game, it got pretty exciting," Hahn said. "And our kids, they didn't give up. They kept on working."
Bayfield will host Dolores in a nonconference game Friday night at Wolverine Country Stadium.