Corvallis High gave away too much Friday night and didn’t get enough back in return.
The Spartans dug themselves a hole with numerous unforced errors and mistakes and couldn’t muster what they needed to climb out of it.
Bend held off a fourth-quarter rally to get out of Spartan Stadium with a 42-28 nonconference football win.
Corvallis (1-1) had two poor first-half punt snaps that gave the Lava Bears (1-1) possessions starting at the Spartans’ 19 and later the 1. Both resulted in Bend touchdowns.
The Spartans started a drive at the Bend 10 after a Lava Bears bad snap and got no points and also ended a possession at the Bend 4.
“A bunch of little things add up,” CHS coach Chris McGowan, adding that the punt snaps had not been a problem this season.
The Spartans found themselves trailing 35-14 early in the fourth quarter before mounting a comeback.
Quarterback Seamus Hennessy completed five straight passes to finish a 69-yard drive, which Kelly Kingsmill capped with a 6-yard touchdown catch, his second of three scoring grabs from Hennessy.
The Spartans couldn’t recover an onside kick but did pounce on a Bend fumble at the Lava Bears’ 45. Three plays later, Kingsmill hauled in an 8-yard touchdown and Corvallis was back within a score with 6:38 left.
But Bend took possession and didn’t give it back before running more than four minutes off the clock and finishing a 12-play drive with a Payton Davis 11-yard touchdown run.
The Spartans moved the ball in the final 2:06 but ended the last drive of the game at the Bend 16.
“The defense just needed one more stop and we were right there,” said CHS receiver and linebacker J.D. Pinion. “We’re really solid all the way around. We’ve got a lot of good players. We just need one or two guys to step up and we’ll be a great team.”
Hennessy finished the game 17 of 30 for 264 yards with four touchdowns and a first-half interception.
He spread the ball around to eight receivers. Kingsmill caught seven balls for 89 yards. Payton Wright, Pinion and Roy Williams had two catches apiece.
The Spartans showed their passing game could be a plus going forward.
“Roy is a great player and we have so much speed. Franklin (Leonard), Kelly, all those guys,” Pinion said. “He can throw the ball. Seamus has a great arm. Yeah, great attack.”
Williams, the team’s standout running, found more room to move in the second half before the Spartans were forced to focus on the passing game when they fell behind for multiple scores.
The senior rushed for 40 yards on 10 first-half carries. His opening carry of the second half went for 54 yards and was stunted by Corvallis’ second sideline warning of the game, resulting in a penalty.
After reaching the Bend 4 on a Kingsmill 9-yard first-down catch, Williams ran for a yard and got stopped for minus-1 before being stopped about a half-yard short of a first down.
Bend was forced to punt deep in its territory and Corvallis took over at the Lava Bears 39. But the Spartans went backwards a yard before also punting.
“We didn’t score in the red zone when we needed to. I’ll take the responsibility. I thought there was way too much confusion on our part,” McGowan said. “Just got to be able to run for 2 yards down there when it’s critical.”
Williams finished the night with 123 yards rushing on 20 carries.
On defense, the Spartans held the Lava Bears in check on the ground for the most part in the first half.
But Bend managed to find the holes and run the clock when it had the lead.
Lead back Nate Kelly had 53 yards on 14 carries. Payton Davis (two carries for 39 yards), Haakon Kjellesvik (6-33) and Daniel Winters (6-27) also gained ground with fewer opportunities.
Bend quarterback Cooper Simmonds passed for 147 yards and rushed for 32 with four total touchdowns.