A two-point conversion pass sailed a little too far with 15 seconds left in the game, ending Sidney’s comeback effort in a 46-44 loss to Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, Friday, Sept. 6.
Sidney sophomore quarterback Matthew Benedict took the Cowboys down the field for a score, trailing 46-38, in what head coach Donnie Sears said was one of the best executions of a two-minute offense that he’s seen. Benedict capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown toss to Will Oswald, setting up the final two-point conversion attempt.
Sidney still had time to try an onside kick, but it failed and the Spartans ran out the clock.
The game started out horribly for the Cowboys as Exira/EHK scored 20 points in the first eight minutes to jump out to the quick lead.
Sidney responded in the second quarter, though, Tyler Hensley ended a drive with a touchdown run, and then Oswald intercepted a pass on the ensuing Spartan drive and took it back for a touchdown to bring Sidney suddenly within six.
Trailing 28-22 at halftime, the Cowboys took the first drive of the second half for a touchdown for the second straight week. The two-point conversion gave the Cowboys their first lead at 30-28.
The teams went back and forth from there, but Sidney didn’t quite have enough to pull off the win.
Benedict completed 13 of 27 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards and a score.
Hensley led Sidney’s rushing attack with 96 yards and a score on 20 carries.
Sidney added a special teams touchdown in the game when Thomas Wilson blocked a punt and Braydon Barton fell on it in the end zone.
Sidney fell to 1-2 and has a week off this week prior to district play starting with the homecoming game, Friday, Sept. 20 against Griswold.