Steve Puterski

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November 1, 2013
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Fallon falls to Lowry in regular-season finale

It was bittersweet.

The Fallon football team suffered its first loss of the season and third straight to Lowry, 21-14, Friday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.

Despite the loss, the Greenwave clinched the No. 1 seed and host Fernley in the first round of the Northern Division I-A playoffs at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Elko, who beat Spring Creek, locked up the No. 2 seed and hosts the Buckaroos. In the south, Virgin Valley visits Moapa Valley, while Faith Lutheran hosts Desert Pines.

It is the first league/division title for Fallon (8-1) since 1988, although it is a co-championship with Lowry (8-1) and Elko (8-1 league, 9-1 overall).

As for the game, it was a slugfest and Lowry quarterback Calvin Connors took control in the second half.

The Wave, though, took a 7-0 lead into halftime after quarterback Morgan Dirickson connected with Cameron Matzen for a 69-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Conners and the Buckaroos running game, though, went to work in the second half. Brandon Okuma cut the lead to 7-6 with a 39-yard TD run and Lowry took a 14-7 in the fourth quarter after Conners connected with Tanner Lecumberry for a 28-yard TD pass.

Fallon countered with a reverse pass from wide receiver Tyler Bagby to Matzen for a 37-yard score in the fourth quarter.

But Lowry marched down the field and Beau Billingsley scored the winning TD from 5 yards outs with 1:55 left in the game.

Connors finished with 190 rushing yards and completed 4 of 12 passes for 52 yards with one TD and one interception. Brandon Okuma added 96 yards on the ground, while Beau Billingsley chipped in with 63.

For Fallon, running back Trent Tarner rushed for 94 yards on 17 carries. Dirickson completed 7 of 24 passes for 171 yards with one TD and two interceptions.

Matzen, meanwhile, hauled in five passes for 141 yards and two TDs. Bagby added two receptions for 55 yards.

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