Taylor's TD, defensive stand lifts Maiden past Bandys
Ricky Taylor's five-yard touchdown run with 5:54 left in the third quarter helped Maiden defeat Bandys, 7-0, on the football field Friday.
The Blue Devils (5-3, 3-1) also made a defensive stand with 2:35 left in the game and kept the Trojans (5-3, 2-2) out of the end zone to hold on for the victory.
On fourth down and 18, Bandys quarterback Anthony Toscano found wide receiver Colton Medlin for a first down at the Maiden one-yard line.
The Trojans were poised to score and send the game into overtime.
However, two botched snaps on the next two plays from scrimmage cost Bandys that opportunity.
"I think we saw the blitz coming, tried to hurry and pull out," said Bandys coach Randy Lowman. "You don't know until you watch the tape. It's hard to tell. We have to make a play. If we want to beat good teams, we've got to make that one and we didn't."
The second fumbled snap by the Trojans was recovered by Taylor, and the Blue Devils ran out the remaining time to seal the victory.
"When I saw the ball, I just got on it," Taylor said of his fumble recovery. "We were kind of nervous and scared before that, but we had heart, kept going, kept playing and got the ball."
Toscano, who entered Friday's game with six interceptions thrown, tossed four picks against the Blue Devils.
"When you have five or six (mistakes) against a good team, it doesn't work out well," Lowman said. "In the first half, we had all of the blunders in the kicking game with bad snaps and shagged punts. To have all that happen, we held on and survived. We had four interceptions and two fumbles. We had a chance to tie the game up and fumbled two snaps in a row down there. (Maiden is) a good football team. They played a good game. They played better than us tonight."
Maiden safety Alex White made two of those four interceptions in the contest, while teammates Jose Campos and Grant Yowe each intercepted one pass.
"Everybody really stepped up," White said. "Our coaches told us if everybody did their job, we would win this game. I couldn't have done this without the defensive line and linebackers playing their positions. We are happy it fell the way it did. I'm just really proud of our team."
Maiden coach Frank Snider credits his defense with making the Trojans one dimensional.
"Our defense took away the run. (Bandys) had to throw," he said. "Then we took away the pass. Defensively, we just took them out of the ball game. I wasn't sure if we would be able to do that, but we sure stepped it up and did it."
Running back Devan Davis led Bandys with 137 rushing yards on 24 carries.
Maiden travels to East Burke (5-3, 3-1) this Friday, while Bandys hosts league-leading South Iredell (7-1, 4-0).