Huffman quarterback Cody Gaitan threw four touchdown passes including a 50 yard strike to Dylan Lorfing with 58 second left in the game lifting the Falcons past the SHepherd Pirates 25-21.
The back back forth battle began late in the first quarter as Gaitan combined with wide receiver Lane Shively for a 45 yard touchdown play. Afailed extra point, the first of three misses for Huffman left them up 6-0 at Shepherd Stadium.
The lead didn’t last long as Shepherd behind the quick running of Benny Redmon responded with a score of their own opening the second quarter of play. The senior running back hit paydirt from 25 yards out and Alex Rios’ first PAT (point after attempt) giving the Pirates a 7-6 lead on a rain soaked field. It was the first of six lead changes this game woud see.
Huffman scored once more before halftime when the Falcons junior signal caller tossed the first of two touchdown strikes to wide receiver Chase Harrell. Harrell caught the ball at the Pirates 15 yard line and took it the rest of the way completing a quick 45 yard drive. With the missed extra point, the Falcons took a 12-7 lead into the locker room.
Shepherd drove the length of the field to take the lead with the their opening second half possession. Quarterback Javonte Green finished the drive with a two yard scamper and Rios’ PAT moved Shepherd ahead 14-12.
After Huffman regained the lead with the second Gaitan to Harrell touchdown pass from 50 yards out, the Pirates responded with a drive of their own capped off by Redmon’s 20 yard touchdown run. With 10:23 left in the game, Shepherd led 21-18 but Huffman would not go away.
“Our guys battled back again and again,” said Huffman head coach Mike McEachern following the win. “They believed they would win and in the end they did.”
Trailing by three, Huffman began their final drive of the game with barely two minutes left on the clock. Eighty yards and with 58 seconds left on the game clock, Gaitan hit Lorfing with a 50 yard touchdonw pass for the game winner.
“With eighty yards to go,” continued McEachern, “to see our quarterback use four different receivers is a testament to how badly they wanted the win as a team.”
Senior linebacker Jacob Heavin preserved Huffman’s win falling on a loose ball with 12 seconds left to play.
Shepherd fell to 3-1 with the loss while Huffman moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1999 entering their bye week. Huffman will host Silsbee looking to go 5-0 for the first time since 1986.