Kelly Walsh Jim Horne said the Trojans had to rediscover their winnings ways.
They sure did on Friday against Rock Springs, even if it was in a slightly unusual way.
The Trojans (2-3 Class 4A) scored 14 unanswered points in a 10 minute, 18 second span during the second half to squeak by the Tigers for a 24-21 win.
"It was just a great team effort to not lay down there in the seoncd half when they could have," Trojans coach Jim Horne said.
Weirdly enough, Kelly Walsh earned the win by only scoring one touchdown in the fourth quarter.
After Rock Springs (1-4) took a 21-10 lead with 4:49 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Jimmy Lee, the Trojans responded by reeling off 14 unanswered.
Trojans senior kicker Cameron Stanek added a 27-yard field three and-a-half minutes later and junior Terry Jackson capped a rumble to the one-yard line with a touchdown plunge with 1:03 left in the third quarter.
Horne said special teams, especially the kicking game, were the key to the win and it started with Stanek's field goal in the third quarter.
"I think that's when our guys decided, 'Hey we're not going to let this one slip away,'" Horne said.
Then things got weird. Loren Drinkwalter's two-point conversion pass to Tanner Vivian -- who actually started at quarterback for the Trojans -- was too low, but it didn't matter.
The Trojans defense, behind a perfectly timed run blitz from middle linebacker Kyle Smith on third down, picked up the slack. Smith busted through the line to throw Tigers' running back Ethan Thomas for a loss all the way back to the Rock Springs six-yard line.
Rock Springs punter Brandon Rutherford then inexplicably tried to run out of his own end zone on the ensuing punt, but Stanek drug him down for the safety to tie the game with just over four minutes remaining
Vivian -- who finished with 177 yards rushing on 36 carries -- returned the ensuing free kick 38 yards to set the Trojans up with great starting field position. Stanek capped the drive with his third field goal of the night -- this one from 19 yards -- to give the Trojans a 24-21 lead with 1:43 left.
"He's got a huge heart, he's such a competitor," Horne said of Vivian. "He did everything we needed him to do and more."
The Trojans were able to run out the clock when Cormick Eaton came up with an interception off Tigers' quarterback Cameron Downs on the ensuing drive.
Rock Springs took a 14-10 lead into halftime when Downs converted a fourth-and-22 for a 30-yard touchdown to Zack Rosette with 14 seconds left in the half. Jackson had just one carry for zero yards in the first half, but finished with 78 yards and a touchdown, as the Trojans rang up 10 of their first downs after halftime.
Kelly Walsh 24, Rock Springs 21
KW 3 7 3 11 — 24
RS 7 7 7 0 — 21
KW- FG Stanek 31, 1st 6:10
RS- TD Thomas 30 run (Lancaster kick), 1st 3:56
KW- TD Vivian 1 run (Stanek kick), 2nd 11:55
RS- TD Rosette 30 pass from Downs (Lancaster kick), 2nd 0:14
RS- TD Lee 10 run (Lancaster kick), 3rd 4:49
KW- FG Stanek 27, 3rd 1:03
KW- TD Jackson 1 run (pass failed), 4th 6:15
KW- Safety Stanek tackled Rutherford in end zone, 4th 4:01
KW- FG Stanek 19, 4th 1:43
First downs 18 8
Total Net Yards 344 219
Rushes-yards 56-299 27-170
Passing yards 45 49
Comp-Att-Int 4-6-2 5-14-1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
RUSHING- KW, Loren Drinkwalter 1-7, Martin Vasquez 8-28, Terry Jackson 13-78, Tanner Vivian 36-177. RS, Wilkening 6-10, Jimmy Lee 5-62, Ethan Thomas 16-98.
PASSING- KW, Tanner Vivian 2-3-1-25, Terry Jackson 2-3-1-20; Drinkwalket 0-1-0-0. RS, Cameron Downs 5-14-1-49.
RECEIVING- KW, Allen Morton 1-10, Pat Whited 1-10, Cormick Eaton 2-25. RS, Marquez 1-2, Zack Rosette 4-47.