Carlyle loses a heartbreaker to Staunton

News-DemocratNovember 9, 2013 

Staunton's Marcus Sitko caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 2 minutes, 19 seconds remaining Saturday as the Bulldogs knocked off Carlyle 19-14 in a Class 2A second-round football playoff game.

On fourth-and-5 at the 20, Staunton quarterback Jake Bruhn rolled out and threw a high pass that Sitko was able to haul in for the eventual game-winner.

"It kind of typifies the year," Carlyle coach Randy Dooley said of his team's ability to erase a 13-0 deficit and take the lead in the fourth quarter. "Our kids showed character and came back and got ahead. We had them fourth-and 5 and they lobbed it up and their kid made a play.

"We just didn't get it done this time."

On its final possession, Carlyle (9-2) moved all the way down to the Staunton 9 with 15 seconds remaining before quarterback Billy Cummins, who was trying to connect with John Becker, was intercepted by Staunton's Trystan Skorzewski near the goal line.

Staunton had a 13-0 lead early in the fourth quarter, but lost two fumbles that the Indians turned into touchdowns.

Carlyle got a pair of 6-yard TD runs by Logan Zachry and Deven Hicks to take a 14-13 lead. Hicks put the Indians on top with 5:55 remaining.

Staunton's other TDs came on a 1-yard run by quarterback Jake Bruhn and a 5-yarder by fullback Dustin Scheller.

Damien Kulash had 100 yards rushing for Staunton while Cummins completed 12-of-21 passes for 125 yards with Carlyle.

Staunton (7-4) will face South Central Conference rival Gillespie (10-1) in the quarterfinals next week.

"We just hang in and hang in and make plays, and then they made a play," Dooley said. "Hats off to them."

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