LIVE OAK — Quarterback Josh Wright dashed 30 yards to score in the final minute as Suwannee held off Bay 27-21 in a nondistrict football game Friday night.
Wright, who earlier had sprinted 70 yards to score, took overtime out of the equation with 58 seconds left in the game. Bay, 2-4, threw an interception on its final series for its lone turnover of the game.
The game marked the return of Tornadoes tailback Telvion Malone-Boyd, sidelined since the second game with a knee injury. Bay coach Jimmy Longerbeam limited Malone-Boyd’s participation, however, and instead the Tornadoes wound up showcasing Travian Turrell.
The sophomore scatback scored all three touchdowns for Bay on runs of 65, 40 and 25 yards. He last TD and fullback Matt Canada’s conversion run tied the score 21-21 following the opening series of the third quarter.
“He’s not very big, the smallest kid on the team, but he runs hard and has great quickness,” Longerbeam said of Turrell. “He finally got the cast off (a broken wrist) and you could see it made a big difference.”
Malone-Boyd had about 10 rushing attempts, Longerbeam said.
“We tried to limit his carries tonight and see how he is tomorrow,” Longerbeam said. “We had some opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on, a couple of dropped balls.
“(Suwannee) did a nice job as far as running the offense, but their quarterback was the one who hurt us.”
Bay hosts Gulf Breeze next week for Homecoming.