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Tyburski’s touchdown leads Garfield

September 8, 2012
By TIM CLEVELAND - Tribune Chronicle (tcleveland@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

CHAMPION - Like all football teams, the Garfield G-Men have an assortment of trick plays to use in certain situations.

One of those plays is the hook and ladder, but Garfield has been reluctant to use it in the first two games this season due to not being able to execute it properly in practice.

"We practiced that thing ... we've run it a couple times in games before, but normally we'll run it in the first half, trying to make something special happen," Garfield coach Steve Wyllie said.

Friday night against Champion, the G-Men picked the perfect time to get the play right, as Chase Chapman passed to Seth Duvall for 4 yards, who lateraled to Josh Tyburski. Tyburski rushed down the sideline for the final 78 yards for the winning touchdown in a 15-8 victory.

"Never has it come out in a winner take all type of play," Wyllie said. "Funny thing is, we've run that play maybe four or five times a week and every single time we run that Josh drops the pitch. That's one of the top five plays I've ever been a part of as a coach."

Tyburski said he was determined not to be tackled on the play.

"We didn't practice it that much. It was 8-7, and we had to go for it all," he said. "You can't go 0-3 going into league. We specifically designed it where I slow up and wait for him to catch it. He caught it and he finally pitched it. I got it and took off. I thought I stepped out of bounds but I didn't. They almost caught me but I wasn't going down."

Champion coach Terry Howell said his team wasn't expecting the play.

"We thought they would call a hitch and go; something with a double move. Obviously it wasn't," he said.

Tyburski rushed for 33 yards and had 130 yards receiving.

"He did well. He's still growing into the running back position," Wyllie said. "He missed some holes, but he kept grinding. Josh played his guts out."

The Golden Flashes took an 8-7 lead with 9:24 left when Garfield punter Zack Hoffman stepped out of the end zone attempting to punt, after trying to snare a high snap from center.

Champion looked like it had the game in hand, beginning the subsequent drive after the safety on the Garfield 34. The Golden Flashes drove to the 7. But on first and goal, Mike Cyrus fumbled on the 3 to give Garfield the ball back with 4:05 to play.

The G-Men drove from its own 3 to its 47, but facing a fourth and 10, Chapman's pass to Tanner Bontrager came up 3 yards short of the first down.

"I'm glad we got that (game-winning touchdown) because I would've felt bad if we lost on that screen pass," Wyllie said.

Champion (1-2) scored first in the game as he rushed 70 yards for a score on the Golden Flashes' third possession in the first quarter.

The G-Men got on the board in the third quarter. Taking the ball on the Champion 41 after a punt, Chapman passed to Tyburski from 25 yards out for a 7-6 lead with 1:34 left in the third quarter.

tcleveland@tribtoday.com