Attempting to take the lead with only minutes remaining in the game, the Lakers faced a third and long from their own 32 yard line.
On the pass attempt, however, Sean Barton stepped in front of the quarterback’s pass and intercepted the ball, sealing the first win of the season for Woods Cross, 26-24.
“I don’t think (Barton) ever came off the field,” said Wildcats head coach Nick Longshore. “He made a lot of great plays for us, including the interception that sealed the win, and he’s been a big part of this team this year.”
Barton, the team’s junior running back and defensive back, finished the game with 66 yards receiving and a touchdown.
On defense, he led the team with 16 tackles, two pass deflections, a fumble recovery and the game-winning interception.
“He’s a tough, hard-working player,” said Longshore. “He really came through for us all over the field tonight.”
The Wildcats took the initial lead with 9:08 remaining in the first quarter when Skyler Farnes found Barton for a 27-yard touchdown pass for the six-point lead.
Barton threw the second of his three touchdown passes to Jake Brown with 7:21 remaining in the first half and the Wildcats 13-0.
Bonneville added a field goal before the half ended, a 35-yarder to cut the score to 13-3 at the half.
The Wildcats’ quick-strike offense again reared its head as it scored with less than a minute gone in the third quarter to jump to a 17-point lead.
The drive started after a short kickoff was recovered by junior Shane Busdicker. Three plays later, Farnes threw his third and final touchdown pass of the game to Filipo Mokofisi, making the score 20-3 with 11:06 remaining.
Farnes added a rushing touchdown with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter, a 75-yard run play that gave the Wildcats a 26-10 lead at the time.
The Lakers didn’t let the game slip away, however, as they started to comeback after the Wildcats’ final touchdown.
With 3:11 remaining in the third, Beck Nelson scampered in from three yards away, followed by a successful two-point conversion to make the score 26-18.
The Lakers attempt at tying the game came with 4:08 remaining in the fourth quarter when Morgan Unga scored from three yards away.
On the two-point play, Nelson attempted to wedge between his guard and tackle for the game-tying play, but was stopped at the line of scrimmage.
“We made some pretty big plays throughout the game,” said Longshore. “That was one of several that turned out really well for us.
“Getting that recovery on the kickoff was a big spark too. It gave us the opportunity to score and really take a commanding lead against them.”
Woods Cross nearly sealed the game on its next drive, getting all the way down to the Lakers’ 34 yard line before punting.
Five plays later, Barton nabbed the interception that sealed the first ever head coaching win for Longshore.
“It’s nice to get that first win,” he said. “It’s something you’ll always remember as a head coach and I’ll cherish it with this team.”
Farnes finished the game with four total touchdowns, including 178 yards with three touchdowns passing.
Mokofisi led the team in receiving with seven catches and 73 yards, including a touchdown.
Nick Castillo was second on the team in tackles that game with eight, while adding a pass deflection for his efforts.
The Wildcats (1-1) now have three straight road games, starting with Mountain Crest (1-1) Friday night.