Henry Tarbox’s field goal in final seconds lifts Glenbrook South over Metea Valley

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The Metea Valley football team stormed back to tie Glenbrook South with a pair of touchdowns in the final six minutes of Friday night’s game, but the Titans prevailed 33-30 thanks to a field goal made with 11 seconds remaining.

Junior Henry Tarbox hit the 24-yarder to end the Titans’ final drive, on which the critical play was a 42-yard strike from Glenbrook South senior quarterback Fitz Stadler to senior wide receiver Chase Daniel.

The deep, play-action pass was set up by a pair of runs by junior running back Ryan Janczak, who finished with a team-best 120 yards on 13 carries.

“We had that set up,” Glenbrook South coach Mike Noll said, of Stadler’s strike to Daniel. “They had a new corner in, and we had noticed before that they had started to tighten him down and we were able to run by him.”

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The power went out during the Glenbrook South-Metea Valley game I covered tonight, so the GBS student section held up their phones and went nuts.

One week after lightning delayed both teams’ season debuts, a power outage at Glenbrook South turned off the lights for about 20 minutes during the third quarter. The Titans led 23-14 at the time and, immediately after power was restored, they were pinned on their own 1-yard line.

The Mustangs (1-1) weren’t able to capitalize, however, as the first play from scrimmage after the power was turned back on was a 48-yard run by Janczak.

“That was huge,” Daniel said. “I told Janczak before the play, ‘Please break a play off because that would make it so much better.’ ”

Glenbrook South (2-0) finished off that drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by senior Quinn Conaghan, and 2:04 remained in the third quarter.

The Mustangs rallied, however, by moving the ball down the field behind strong, shifty running by senior Bryson Oliver (35 carries, 154 yards, two touchdowns).

Oliver — who scored Metea Valley’s final two touchdowns to tie the game — led all rushers, but committed a pair of costly fumbles during the first half. Those, along with a fumbled handoff, swung the momentum of a game the Mustangs led 14-3 in the first quarter.

Afterward, Oliver wasn’t pleased with himself.

“This wasn’t one of my good games,” he said. “Putting the ball on the ground two times, it’s not really my character. We came through adversity at the end of the game, punching it in, tying it up late here in the fourth quarter. But we just came a little short.”

Metea Valley senior wide receiver Kris King finished with six catches, 139 yards and a touchdown. Daniel led the Titans in receiving with 10 catches, 157 yards and a touchdown.

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