Natrona County stays alive with game-winning overtime field goal

Published: Oct. 30, 2021 at 12:21 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Natrona County and Thunder Basin met on the football field for the second time in as many weeks, but this time, it was in Casper, and the loser’s season would be over.

You could tell the game might be a thriller with Natrona County’s band and student section all decked out in Halloween costumes.

The first half between the two teams was a slugfest with neither team being able to quite move the ball, and they entered halftime both scoreless.

In the second half, the treats started flowing. Thunder Basin’s Isaiah Haliburton found the end zone for the first score of the game. He put the Bolts up 6-0 after a missed extra point.

This was the jolt that Natrona County’s offense must have needed because they immediately knocked the door down. They stormed down the field to take the lead 7-6 behind a Wyatt Powell power run from two yards out.

Thunder Basin would answer the door. The Bolts drove down the field, and Haliburton would again find the end zone to give them a lead and a successful two-point conversion put them up 14-7.

With 3:14 remaining on the clock, Mustangs Quarterback Tyler Hill was unbothered. He marched his offense right down the field, and he’d do a little dancing before finding Kayden Pharr in the back of the end zone to set up a crucial extra point with 30 seconds left on the clock.

NC originally looked to be going for two and the win, but a false start penalty pushed the try backward. It set up an extra point try that was good.

That sent the ballgame into overtime.

Thunder Basin would miss a 17-yard field goal to try and give them the lead on the first possession of overtime, and the Mustangs didn’t want to risk it.

Zachary Barrett would drill a 27-yard field goal on third down, and the Mustangs would survive. They’ll continue playing into October.

Next up, they’ll head to Sheridan, who beat them 27-0 earlier this season.

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