SPRINGTOWN — Marcell Estell’s touchdown run and ensuing two-point conversion proved to be the difference as the Bosqueville Bulldogs ended the playoff run by the Collinsville Pirates, 37-35, in a Class 2A Division I Region II area round game at Porcupine Stadium on Friday night.
It was the second straight second-round appearance for Collinsville (7-5), which was led by junior halfback Garrett Vannoy’s four touchdowns, including the first two scores of the game.
Vannoy gained 134 yards on 26 rushes as the Pirates ran 60 times for 280 yards and took the lead with 9:37 remaining before Bosqueville (7-5), which will face Crawford in the region semifinals, notched the deciding touchdown.
Collinsville certainly made the most of their opportunities on offense, going 8-for-13 on third downs and 1-for-3 on fourth downs.
After finding the end zone on an eight-yard Vannoy run with 8:16 remaining in the first stanza, the Pirates defense recovered the first of two Bosqueville fumbles and quickly capitalized in the second quarter on a seven-yard TD run from Vannoy giving the Pirates a 13-0 lead at the 7:37 mark.
But the Bulldog offense would not be denied as Estell returned the following kick-off 79 yards for a score to cut the lead in half. Estell finished with five carries for 32 yards and four catches for 62 yards in addition to his work on special teams.
Bulldogs receiver Lane Womack scored on a 90-yard reception from Tyler Webb with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to put Bosqueville down, 14-13, at half-time after Mason Howell missed the extra point.
The see-saw battle continued into the second half as Vannoy crossed the goal line for two more scores in the third quarter.
He extended the Pirates’ advantage to 21-13 on a 15-yard TD with 7:37 left in the frame but Jacob Bravo answered back for the Bulldogs on a nine-yard touchdown run and Jase Ayala ran in the conversion to tie the game on the ensuing possession.
With 1:25 left in the third, Vannoy scored from 18 yards out to put Collinsville back in front, 27-21, after the missed extra point.
Early in the fourth quarter Bravo, who had eight carries for 122 yards, scored on a 12-yard run and added the conversion as Bosqueville went ahead by two points.
Cooper Smith’s only passing attempt of the night, a textbook over the shoulder fade pass to Gustavo Romo, gave Collinsville a 35-29 lead on the 45-yard touchdown throw and Vannoy’s conversion run with 9:37 remaining. Romo also finished with 14 carries for 81 yards.
But Bosqueville had the final answer from Estell that send the Bulldogs to the third round.