No. 1 Discovery Canyon football storms back to beat No. 9 Fort Morgan, advance to 5A semifinals

Discovery Canyon beats Fort Morgan 33-26 to advance to the 3A semifinals.

FORT MORGAN--In 2016, the only teams that Fort Morgan couldn't beat were the ones that still haven't been beaten yet. 

Saturday was no different.

The Mustangs nearly pulled off a thrilling upset, but No. 1 and still undefeated Discovery Canyon stormed back from a 13-point deficit to beat Fort Morgan 33-26. 

Fort Morgan's only two losses on the year have come at the hands of Discovery Canyon and Silver Creek, both of which are undefeated teams who will meet in the 3A semifinals next week. 

It looked like the Thunder would take control of the game early when they scored first to go up 6-0 and then were driving once again late in the first quarter. 

Then, Fort Morgan's Trey Mcbride made his dominating 6'4" presence felt. 

The junior made an incredible one-handed interception on defense, and followed up that highlight with a long catch on offense to set up the first touchdown for the Mustangs. 

The teams traded scores back and forth in the first half, as the Thunder scored on a 70-yard touchdown strike from Quarterback Tyler McFarland to Josh Tomjack to make it 13-6. 

From there, it was the Mcbride show again for Fort Morgan, as another long catch and run set up his own touchdown catch a few plays later from Dalyn Knapp to cut the deficit to 13-12. 

After another score from Knapp to Austin Breidenbach a little bit later, Fort Morgan took a 19-13 lead into halftime. 

The huge upset looked increasingly more likely when Fort Morgan converted a 4th and long in the third quarter for another big-time touchdown. 

Facing intense pressure, Knapp stepped up in the pocket and delivered a beautiful ball to Luis Garcia in the back corner of the end zone to make it 26-13. 

From then on, Discovery Canyon sure looked like the number one ranked team in 3A. 

The Thunder converted on their own 4th down late in the third quarter, as McFarland found Sterling Watkins in the corner of the end zone to make it 26-20. 

A few moments later, the special teams came up with a timely play for the heavy favorites. 

As Fort Morgan lined up to punt in the fourth quarter, Daniel Eggleton smoked through the Mustangs offensive line and blocked a punt.

That set up Discovery Canyon with fantastic field position that led to the game-tying score from McFarland. 

The Fort Morgan offense kept stalling against a suddenly stingy Thunder defense, and Discovery Canyon got a go-ahead score from Trevor Ivy with a minute and a half to go to take the lead for good. 

With the win, Discovery Canyon is just two victories away from a state championship in 3A. 

Fort Morgan finished its season at 10-2 overall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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