WESTMINSTER — Wayne Voorhees and his Legacy Lightning have every right to be mad.

On Thursday night at North Stadium, shortly after his team had forced overtime against the Bear Creek Bears in a pivotal Class 5A Mt. Antero League game, Legacy — who needed to win out to improve their No. 19 RPI — had momentum, not just in the game, but maybe for the rest of the season, ripped away from them.

Bear Creek scored first in overtime and then managed to keep the Lightning off their board with their one possession and held on for a controversial 35-28 overtime win.

"We shot ourselves in the foot a lot of times and played well too, but unfortunately we couldn't get it done at the very end," said Voorhees, whose team drops to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the Mt. Antero.

Legacy opted to go on defense first in overtime and Bear Creek promptly turned that into seven points. The Bears workhorse back, George Martinez — who finished with 129 hard-fought yards — went around left end on the first play for a 10 yard score.

It was Legacy's turn next, and after two Dakota Key runs edged them down to the 5 yard line, the Lightning turned to their bread-and-butter.

Quarterback Alec Lewis appeared to have hit a wide open Ryan Lynch in the back of the end zone, but the back judge ruled that Lynch trapped it and ruled it incomplete much to the chagrin of the Lightning faithful.

"Oh, I got it all on film," said Voorhees, who had more than a few choice words for the unfortunate ending.


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With one more try on fourth down, Lewis swung a pass out to Owen Weber in the flat — but the junior couldn't hang on and the Bears (4-4, 3-0) erupted.

"To have it taken away from the kids, who have practiced and worked their (tails) off for four years," Voorhees said. "That's what is unbelievable, especially after they leave everything on the field."

It was an incredibly tough pill to swallow for the Lightning, who had battled to get back into the game in the fourth quarter after surrendering the lead with 2:30 to play.

Legacy High School’s Dakota Key runs the ball during a game against Bear Creek on Thursday at the Adams 12 North Stadium in Westminster. Go to
Legacy High School's Dakota Key runs the ball during a game against Bear Creek on Thursday at the Adams 12 North Stadium in Westminster. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Lewis and Co. ran the two-minute drill to perfection and it culminated in a 20-yard touchdown pass to Lynch, who finished the game with 10 catches for 183 yards.

Key carried the load for the Lightning, rushing for 170 yards on 24 carries — highlighted by an impressive 78-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

Legacy will have to regroup quickly both mentally and physically for the final two weeks of the season.

""We have still got to win two more game," said Voorhees, whose team will travel to Castle Rock next week to take on Douglas County. "It is what it is, and we still have to come out and play well."

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt

BEAR CREEK 35, LEGACY 28 OT

At North Stadium

Bear Creek (4-4, 3-0)0140147—35Legacy (4-4, 1-2)713080—28

First quarter

Legacy — Owen Weber 3 pass from Alec Lewis (Riley Feddema kick).

Second quarter

Bear Creek — George Martinez 18 pass from Isaiah Romero (Axel Gonzalez kick).

Legacy — Dakota Key 78 run (Feddema kick).

Legacy — Jacob Duran 80 pass from Lewis (pass failed).

Bear Creek — Zach Weaver 3 pass from Romero (Gonzalez kick).

Fourth quarter

Bear Creek — Martinez 1 run (Gonzalez kick).

Bear Creek — Martinez 1 run (Gonzalez kick).

Legacy — Ryan Lynch 20 pass from Lewis (Weber pass from Lewis).

Overtime

Bear Creek — Martinez 10 run (Gonzalez kick).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bear Creek: George Martinez 23-129, Dillon Monk 7-37, Tristan Casillas 2-12, Isaiah Romero 4-(minus-7). Legacy: Dakota Key 24-170, Alec Lewis 4-(minus-12).

PASSING — Bear Creek: Romero18-30-0-187. Legacy: Lewis 21-46-2-349.

RECEIVING — Bear Creek: Martinez 5-63, Nate Madrid 5-43, Zach Weaver 4-30, Ryan Dalton 2-31, Connor McGraw 2-20. Legacy: Ryan Lynch 10-183, Jacob Duran 4-121, Jaiden Peterson 3-35, Dylan Anderson 1-9, Owen Weber 1-3, Key 1-1.