A Hail-Mary touchdown completion on the last play of the first half proved to be the game winner when Buena Vista downed the Rye Thunderbolts 14-6.

The senior-night home win completed conference play for the Demons securing a third place finish.

Kik Molitor threw the ball 40 yards to the end zone on a fourth-down play with 5 seconds remaining.

Wide out Luke Reavis positioned himself across the goal line and never quit concentrating on the ball as he was diving to the ground.

He hauled in the tipped pass while lying on his back, causing the crowd to go into a frenzy while Tam Flowers added the extra point kick and the Demons headed to the locker room leading 14-6.

While the one play highlight reel completion may have been the single important play of the game, the story was the Demon defense.

“Wow, our defense really came through for us tonight,” said coach Matt Flavin in his post-game radio interview.

On multiple occasions the Demon defense found its collective back against the goal line.

A few times they were there because the Thunderbolts had driven the ball to the position and another time or two the Demon offense had turned the ball over.

Regardless of the circumstance each time they stood up big to keep the Thunderbolt offense from scoring.

Seniors Jim Gabriele and Malichi Bardol led the way on the inside just as they have done all season. Seth Moss and AJ Smethers were solid on the outside when Rye decided to widen their attempts to cross the mark.

Flowers performance in the kicking game proved to be big in the score difference as well. He was 2-for-2 on the night at extra point attempts giving the Demons the one point lead when Rye missed their extra point kick attempt after they had scored early to seemingly tie the score at 7.

Buena Vista came into the game number 14 in RPI just one position behind Rye. With the win the Demons moved up to the eleven slot and Rye dropped one position to number 14.

It appears that the top 15 RPI teams will get into the state playoff bracket when Platte Canyon most likely wins the Foothills Conference to get in as one of the 16 teams.

There is one week of regular season play remaining and Buena Vista (5-3, 2-2) travels to Monte Vista (3-5, 3-1) for a non-conference game Friday, Nov. 1 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Monte Vista is in second place in the Southern Peaks Conference will need the win to have any chance at the state playoffs.

They currently are number 24 in the RPI.

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