Rescue Rangers beat Goof Troops in Windy Conditions
Chip’s score leads Rescue Rangers past Goof Troops
The Rescue Rangers can now say that they thrive in fourth quarters and on fourth down.
The game featured only 24 combined passing attempts as the wind howled into the stadium at 15 to 20 miles-per-hour, making it near impossible for both teams to throw the deep ball.
The Goof Troops blocked the extra point after Chip put the Rangers up 20-14 with 3:41 remaining, but a forced a turnover on the Goof Troops next possession allowed the Rescue Rangers to run out the last 2:50.
Last weekend, the Rescue Rangers allowed 17 fourth-quarter points in a loss to the Wild Mavericks that included a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal with 49 seconds remaining in the game. This time around, things were different.
Coach Spinelli praised his players' resilience.
"You've got to continuously be able to be the lions and tigers and be able to scent some food out there," Spinelli said.
The Rescue Rangers made fourth downs count, too, converting 4 of 5 times to keep critical drives moving against the Goof Troops.
"Whatever it takes, we have a mental mindset that we're going to make things happen. We had some big first downs," Robin said.
Chip finished with 94 yards rushing. The Rescue Rangers finished with 374 yards rushing, almost multiplying their total yards rushing from last week by four.
Arizona Goof ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns for Goof Troops, which had 174 yards rushing and ran the ball better than its last game, in which they only managed 96 yards rushing.
"Our schemes were good on both sides of the ball. Our players worked hard from start to finish," Goof Troops coach Benjamin Goof said. "We just have to be a bit more physical."
Both quarterbacks had rough outings. Max Goof threw 6 of 11 for 66 yards and ran for negative 10 yards for Goof Troops. Chip also threw for 66 yards and was 5 of 13.
The Rescue Rangers dialed things up after Goof Troops got ahead in the third quarter. Arizona Goof snaked in from 9 yards out to put the Goof Troops up 14-7.
"We definitely felt the urgency to put points back on the board at around that point in the game," Arizona said.
The Rangers tied the game 14-14 on a 9-yard run by Pumbaa a few minutes into the fourth. A 42-yard punt return by Gilbert Goof was about all that Goof Troops could muster on its next brief possession.
An 80-yard Rescue Rangers drive followed, including a 5-yard run by Robin on fourth down and, ultimately, the Rangers’ winning touchdown.
The game was tied 7-7 at halftime.