One more yard.
Thatís all the Hornets of Walnut Springs needed last Friday when they were stopped at the Blum one as time expired with the score tied at 32-32.
Blum, now 3-1, went on to win, 38-32 in overtime, thanks to a 20-yard touchdown gallop and a defensive stop, dropping Walnut Springs to 1-3.
The Hornets took a 32-26 lead with 9:50 to play in the fourth when Andrew Herring hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mario Ballesteros, and would maintain the advantage until a bizarre final minute.
Blum tied the contest on a three-yard run with only 52 seconds left on the clock, but missed the 2-point kick to leave the score tied and open the door for Walnut Springs.
The Hornets drove the field in the final 50 seconds, but just missed the end zone before falling in overtime.
Caleb Ballesteros began the scoring with a 16-yard run, and Herringís kick made it 8-0 Hornets midway through the opening period.
Blum answered less than two minutes later with the first of its five rushing touchdowns, this one from the three, and the kick tied the score.
The first quarter score wasnít complete, however, as both teams would find the end zone again, establishing the back-and-forth scoring pattern that would last all night.
Caleb Ballesteros put Walnut Springs back on top with a six-yard scoring reception from Eddie Whitt, who was a perfect 6-6 passing for 63 yards. The kick failed, but so did Blumís after a one-yard touchdown to complete the first-quarter scoring at 14-14.
Blumís first lead came on the gameís longest scoring play, a 35-yard pass, with 4:56 left in the first half, but Whitt again answered the challenge, finishing off a Hornet scoring drive with a 10-yard sprint to pay dirt, and the score was tied again at 20-20 with only 2:47 on the second-quarter clock.
Walnut Springs buckled down with a defensive stop on Blumís final possession of the half, and the Hornet offense took it to the house once more, this time on a Jonathan Stack-to-Jacob White touchdown pass from 20 yards out for a 26-20 halftime lead.
The defenses took over after the break, with the only third quarter touchdown coming on a seven-yard dash by Blum to tie the score and set up the dramatic fourth quarter and overtime.
Caleb Ballesteros finished with 125 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and 57 yards and a score on seven receptions to lead the Walnut Springs offense. He added 44 more yards on four kickoff returns, giving him a total of 226 all-purpose yards on 21 touches, an average of 10.8 yards per touch. He also made eight tackles defensively.
Walnut Springs also picked up 58 rushing yards on 16 attempts by Johnathan Stack, 30 on 10 carries by Whitt, 9 on two attempts by Kody Stack and 7 on one by Ryan Engelhardt, to finish with 229 yards on the ground.
Not that the attack wasnít balanced. In addition to Whittís perfect passing performance, Johnathan Stack completed six of 14 attempts for 73 yards, a score and a pick, and Mario Ballesteros was a perfect 3-3 for 62 yards and a touchdown, giving the Hornets a total of 194 yards through the air to finish with 423 total yards of offense.
Caleb Ballesteros led in receiving, while Whitt had two catches for 38 yards, Matt Prescher caught three passes for 37, White hauled in two for 32 and a score, and Zach Turnham tallied a pair of receptions for 20 yards.
Defensively, Stack led in tackles with 10, while Turnham and Caleb Ballesteros each had eight. Whitt picked up the only Blum turnover of the night, recovering a Blum fumble.
The Hornets aim for a return to the win column on Friday, when they complete their three-game home stand against Jonesboro. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.