LAGRANGE — Late in the first half of a non-league game at Keystone, it looked like things might finally go in the Cloverleaf football team’s favor.
However, the fickle finger of fate poked the Colts in a matter of seconds Friday, and they found themselves trying to play catch-up once more in a 25-6 non-league loss.
Sophomore quarterback Brody Stallings’ 1-yard touchdown run gave Cloverleaf the lead with 2:15 to play in second quarter, but the Wildcats answered with two Bobby Weber touchdown passes in the final 1:59 before halftime.
“We felt like we had control of the game at that point,” Cloverleaf coach Justin Vorhies said of Stallings’ score. “It’s tough when (Keystone) comes and scores twice before the half, but we had halftime to regroup and regenerate and we just didn’t.”
The Colts (0-2) put together a pair of long first-half drives. On their second possession, they went 62 yards in 13 plays but failed to convert fourth down on the 20-yard line.
Cloverleaf’s lone scoring drive started on the Wildcats 49, and the Colts chewed 4:08 in 11 plays.
Keystone (1-1) answered on the next play when wide receiver Justin Able broke free and Weber found him sprinting open down the sideline. They connected for a 64-yard touchdown pass one year after their 80-yarder was a key factor in a 14-7 Wildcats win over the Colts.
After a Cloverleaf punt, Weber worked the 2-minute offense to perfection, hooking up with Jarod Febel for a 5-yard touchdown as time expired.
Keystone then took the second-half kickoff and embarked on a 14-play, 65-yard drive that took more than 7 minutes and ended in a Dylan Naylor 2-yard touchdown run that made the score 19-6.
“We were trying to grind out the yardage, but when you get down two or three scores, it gets harder to do that,” Vorhies said. “We’re a team right now that has to stay on schedule — first down, second down and a makeable third down. When you start getting into third-and-longs, it gets difficult.”
Stallings led the Colts with 56 yards rushing on 17 carries as Keystone held them to 173 yards total offense. Senior Ryan Curtis was Stallings’ favorite receiver with four catches for 29 yards.
Cloverleaf has lost 20 games in a row, dating to Week 2 of 2015 when it defeated Keystone 9-6 in overtime.
“We’ve just got to keep working and keep getting better,” Vorhies said.
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Keystone 25, Cloverleaf 6
CLOVERLEAF 0 6 0 0 — 6
KEYSTONE 0 13 6 6 — 25
C — Brody Stallings 1 run (kick blocked), 2:15.
K — Justin Able 64 pass from Bobby Weber (Zac Marsh kick), 1:59.
K — Jarod Febel 5 pass from Weber (kick blocked), 0:00.
K — Dylan Naylor 2 run (kick failed), 4:42.
K — Jack Corraini 24 pass from Weber (run failed), 4:46.