Basin Bowl Ends In Thriller

Odessa, TX – Team Ice erased a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to claim a 42-41 come-from-behind victory in the inaugural 1st annual Sportz All Basin Bowl on Saturday.  The all-star game showcased several of the talented high school football athletes in West Texas.

The thriller had Twitter users following along for the play-by-play as the action unfolded.  While the game was virtual, the competitors’ names are actual elite players from across the Permian Basin.  Based on statistical information from the 2021 season, the event provided plenty of back-and-forth action that came to an end in a climatic finish and opportunity for each squad to decide the game.

Eight elite quarterbacks from across the Basin, four on each team being assigned a quarter, led their respective offense down the field while the opposing defenses made that task extremely difficult all evening.  Two field goal kickers and punters for each team were nearby to lend their kicking expertise when needed.  Each would get a half to make their contribution.

Team Ice, with Wink junior Kanon Gibson under center, went on offense first to open the contest. After collecting a pair of first downs, the drive would end with a Cruz Rojas punt to the 18-yard line. Team Fire took their turn as Odessa High’s Diego Cervantes navigated a 12-play drive that was capped with a 38-yard Gunner Meade (Midland Legacy) field goal for an early 3-0 lead. Following a touchback, ICE went to work and produced a 8-play, 75-yard scoring drive with Gibson connecting with fellow Wildcat Jordan Tally on a 19-yard touchdown catch to take a 7-3 advantage.

FIRE’s second possession was cut short by a stingy ICE defense led by Elias Minjares, Daveon Walucho, and Bryce Ford.  The game’s first big special teams play came when Greenwood’s Rance Purser punted a 35-yarder that was returned to the house by Permian’s JaQuan Richardson some 67 yards for a 14-3 ICE lead.

Cervantes utilized a 14-yard strike to his reliable 6’6″ 190 pound sophomore receiver Ivan Carreon (Odessa High) and a 17-yard catch-and-run to Makhilyn Young (Midland Legacy) to complete the 7-play drive to narrow the deficit to 14-10.  The ensuing ICE drive would drain the remaining time off of the first quarter clock.  Gibson finished his 12 minutes going 8-for-11 for 86 yards, while Cervantes was 7-for-8 for 71 yards.  Each added a passing touchdown to his resume.

While Young and Braxxton Kirkland (Rankin) remained in the backfield, Legacy’s Marcos Davila stepped in to lead Team Fire in the second quarter.  Matthew Rosas (McCamey) and Fort Stockton’s Corbin Luna were joined by quarterback EJ Lopez (Andrews) in an exchange that would leave the game deadlocked at intermission.  Kirkland gave FIRE a 17-14 lead on an 8-yard TD scamper, but a Tate Terry (Permian) field goal would again knot the game at 17-17.  FIRE regained the advantage when Davila hit Carreon in stride on a 22-yard strike for a 7-point lead.  ICE responded with a 10-play, 71-yard scoring drive to even the contest at 24-24.

With the absence of marching bands and a halftime show, play resumed and defense ruled much of the third frame.  A partially-blocked punt gave ICE the field position needed to afford Snyder’s Jorge Olivares to hammer a 32-yard field goal through the uprights midway into the quarter.  Monahans sophomore QB Cheno Navarette dropped a perfectly spiraled pass into the hands of Legacy’s Chris Brazzell for a 14-yard touchdown.  Running back Brysen Kerby (Coahoma) followed blocker Elijah Velarde (Crane) on a 13-yard romp to give FIRE a 38-27 edge early in the fourth stanza.

FIRE completely surprised ICE with an onside kick that was successfully recovered by Midland High’s Turner Squire near midfield to all but guarantee complete control of the game.  Facing a 3rd-and-5 just outside the redzone, Wink’s Mack Payne came up with a huge stop to limit FIRE to a 39-yard field goal by Kevin Leon (Pecos).  Team Fire now sat on its largest lead of the game by extending the difference to 41-27 with a little over seven minutes to play.

It was now time for Midland Christian’s Ryver Rodriguez to work whatever magic was to be.  Passes to Braden Dunlap (Wink), Jordan Jones (Garden City), and teammate Sean Madison covered 75 yards in six plays to cut the FIRE lead to 41-34 with 4:19 remaining.  Seminole’s Blake Flowers and Team Fire needed to do two things – chew up the rest of the clock and continue to move the sticks.  Things appeared on course after running three plays for a first down at their own 39 with three minutes and some change remaining.

The ICE defense had to make their stand to give the offense another chance.  After two plays went for no gain, FIRE resorted to the airways with Flowers completed a 16-yard strike.  The receiver advanced just beyond the 50-yard line when disaster struck.  Corey McCoy, Jr (Permian) separated the receiver from the ball, and the loose fumble was recovered by Elijah Windham at the FIRE 43.  With 2:14 remaining, two completions to Luna and a 17-yarder to Madison had ICE setting up shop at the FIRE 26.  Timeouts began to be burned as the FIRE defense stiffened and yardage became more difficult to gain.  With just 28 ticks to play, Rodriguez called his own number from nine yards out to pull Team Ice to within one point.

The final ICE timeout was called to make the decision – attempt a two-point conversion for the win or attempt the extra point to knot the game at 41-41.  When the offensive unit returned to the field, that decision had been made.  Team Ice was going for the conversion and the win.  With Midland Christian’s senior quarterback under center and Jones in the slot, Rodriguez rolled right before flipping it out to Jones, who beat the defender to the corner of the endzone for a successful two-point conversion and 42-41 Team Ice lead with just 0:18 on the scoreboard.

With the odds now squarely against Team Fire, there was still a chance.  A line drive kick was immediately secured and downed at the 28-yard line.  With 16 seconds to play, Flowers completed a 21-yard pass down the left sideline to Crane’s Oliver Cervantes, who desperately made it out of bounds.  FIRE utilized a timeout to gather the troops for one more shot.  With 0:07 on the clock, instead of risking running out of time on a possible mid-range pass and field goal attempt, Flowers sent his receivers streaking downfield for a hopeful Hail Mary catch to pull out the victory.

Rifling the long ball toward the endzone in what seemed like an eternity, the jump ball was deflected and the threat apparently thwarted.  Just as the Team Ice bench began an emotional celebration, it was abruptly halted as attention was drawn to a lone yellow hanky resting near the right sideline.  There would be one more play due to a called defensive holding penalty.

Now five yards closer and all zeros displaying on the scoreboard, Team Fire would try it again.  For this attempt, the ICE defense would send more pressure into the backfield.  Flowers maneuvered to his left, found some free space, and uncorked another long pass toward the endzone. Playing the spoiler role, defender Tanner Carlisle was waiting and swatted away the incoming pigskin to end the game and preserve the come-from-behind win for Team Ice.

The All Basin team did not disappoint.  Although this was just a fabricated all-star game, all of the mentioned young men are very much real and talented athletes that are winners in our book.
   

  BY QUARTER
  1 2 3 4 F
 Team ICE
14 10 03 15 42
 Team FIRE
10 14 07 10 41

     
SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter
Fire – Gunner Meade 38 FG, 7:33
Ice – Jordan Tally 19 pass Kanon Gibson (Tate Terry kick), 4:51
Ice – Richardson 67 return (Terry kick), 3:14
Fire – Makhilyn Young 17 pass Diego Cervantes (Meade kick), 0:38

Second Quarter
Fire – Braxxton Kirkland 8 run (Meade kick), 9:44
Ice – Terry 34 FG, 6:14
Fire – Ivan Carreon 22 pass Marcos Davila (Meade kick), 3:41
Ice – Donny Bishop 12 run (Terry kick), 0:22

Third Quarter
Ice – Jorge Olivares 32 FG, 5:24
Fire – Chris Brazzell 14 pass Cheno Navarette (Kevin Leon kick), 1:41

Fourth Quarter
Fire – Brysen Kerby 13 run (Leon kick), 9:55
Fire – Leon 39 FG, 7:02
Ice – Sean Madison 17 pass Ryver Rodriguez (Olivares kick), 4:19
Ice – Rodriguez 9 run (Jordan Jones run), 0:18

     

  SPORTZ GAME STATS
  ICE FIRE
 First Downs
23 22
 Total Yards 466 556
 Rushing 218 248
 Passing 248 308
 C – A – I 23-35-0 25-31-0
 Punting 3-36.0 2-30.5
 Fumbles 1-0 1-1
 Penalties 1-5 2-10

     
INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING
ICE – Bishop 9-36, Luna 7-27, J Martinez 3-24, Rosas 7-23, Rodriguez 3-19, Balcazar 3-14, Aguilar 3-8
FIRE – Young 10-75, Kirkland 8-56, Saldana 6-37, Kerby 6-36, Ward 5-25, Cramer 1-14, Flowers 2-5

PASSING
ICE – Rodriguez 6-10 90, Gibson 8-11 86, Lopez 8-11 67, Aguilar 1-3 5
FIRE – Navarette 7-9 86, Flowers 7-9 79, Davila 5-6 72, Cervantes 6-7 62

RECEIVING
ICE – Madison 6-68, Tally 4-49, Dunlap 5-49, Richardson 3-33, Walker 1-11
FIRE – Carreon 4-60, Samuel 5-59, Brazzell 4-48, Cramer 4-42, Davis 2-29

TACKLES
ICE – Windham 7, McCoy 7, Carlisle 7, Minjares 4, Walucho 4, Ford 4, Payne 3, Dickson 3, Bullard 3, Hill 3, Flores 2, Vasquez 2, Escajeda 2, Walker 2
FIRE – Davis 8, Smith 7, Moses 6, Martinez 6, Foster 5, Holloway 5, Curry 5, Barton 4, Connally 3, Padilla 3, Pickens 3, Squire 3, T Jones 3, Houston 2, Boaz 2, Stapleton 2, O Seidenberger 2

 

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