Updated: 12/14/2015 11:48 PM
Aviators pick off Diamond Ducks in OT
The Aviators win first game of year to unlucky Diamond Ducks, 26-20
“We did something that hasn’t been here before,” coach Howard Rockerduck said. “That’s amazing. But facts are facts. This game has a way of defining you.”
The Aviators (1-4) picked a great time to get their first win of the season; being at home.
The big play was a third-down rush that still would have left the Aviators within field goal range if it hadn’t succeeded. But the zone blocking worked out so well Garvey scampered all the way to the end zone.
“Honestly, I don’t remember the play,” Garvey said. “But it was a surreal feeling.”
The Diamond Ducks (1-4) did not go down easy. The Ducks had until recently been winless before upsetting the Bow-Tique Bow-Dazzlers.
Daisy Duck had two fourth-quarter touchdown passes for the Diamond Ducks to come from 14 points down and force OT in the Ducks’ first overtime game of the season. Daisy hit Gosalyn Mallard for a 9-yard score with 2 seconds left in regulation.
But Daisy was intercepted by Aviators’ free safety, Panchito Pistoles, off a deflection in the end zone on the first possession of overtime, keeping the Diamond Ducks from scoring.
“Our team doesn’t give up,” Daisy said. “We’re going to keep fighting until the game is over. It showed. We can’t win all of them, but our guys kept fighting.”
Daisy completed 17 of 32 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Panchito Pistoles completed 15 of 21 passes for 152 yards and rushed for 75 yards for the Aviators, but also threw two interceptions.
But Daisy led yet another comeback for the Ducks, with rain and wind swirling around Aviator’s home stadium. She connected with Emily Quackfaster for a 60-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 20-13 with 4:03 remaining. Then he hit Gosalyn to cap off a 92-yard drive as time wound down.
But the Diamond Ducks couldn’t overcome mistakes made earlier in the game.
Leading 10-6 midway through the third quarter, the Aviators defense forced the Diamond Ducks into a fourth-and-inches at the Ducks’ 16-yard line. The Ducks attempted a fake punt, which blew up when punter Gloria was tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
The win breaks a four-game losing streak for Aviators. The Aviators had given up an average of 31 points in losses to the Bow-Tique Bow-Dazzlers, Dark Dynasty, Black Magic, and Catamounts.
The Aviators limited the Ducks to 247 yards of offense. It helped that the Aviators had the ball for 40 minutes compared to 20 minutes for the Diamond Ducks.