Crush defeat Danger in OT, 54-51

Crush defeat Danger in OT, 54-51

Story by The Grand Island Independent


LOVELAND, CO — Colorado scored a touchdown on a pass from Damien Fleming to Josh Ford in overtime to defeat the Nebraska Danger 54-51 Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center.

The Danger will be in the playoffs, but won't be playing at home. Billings' 67-23 win over Tri-Cities Saturday insured the Danger (5-10) of a playoff berth.

But that win coupled with the Danger loss clinched the second seed in the Intense Conference for Billings. The Wolves will host the Danger in a first-round playoff game in July.

The Danger had a 51-48 lead after a field goal by Josh Gable early in the ovetime, but the Danger defense couldn't shut down the Crush (4-12).

Former Nebraska-Kearney receiver Kyle Kaiser caught four TD passes for the Crush, including a 12-yarder that tied the game with 1 second left in regulation. Colorado had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed the extra-point attempt.

Quarterback Hunter Wanket ran for three touchdowns for the Danger. His 8-yard TD run in the first quarter tied the game at 7.

Wanket rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries and was 16-for-30 passing for 171 yards. O.J. Simpson had five catches for 78 yards and Dello Davis five for 43 yards.

Wanket hit Simpson with a 26-yard TD strike and scored on a 1-yard run.

With just over a minute left in the first half, he connected with Simpson again from 48-yards out and the Danger took a 29-28 lead at the half.

The Danger defense held Colorado scoreless on its final three possessions of the first half. The Crush missed a field goal, turned the ball over on a fumble and then Tony Grimes picked off a pass for the Danger.

Late in the third, Wanket hooked up with Davis for a 6-yard TD and a 42-30 lead.

Wanket later hit 8-yard pass to Lyle McCombs for a score.

Gable, who hit a 48-yard field goal in the first half, later hit a 40-yarder with 7:52 left in the fourth quarter for a 45-36 Danger lead.

Colorado cut the lead to 45-42, but Robert Johnson recovered an on-side kick attempt on the ensuing kickoff that set up a Gable field goal for a 48-42 lead with four minutes left in the game.