Extra points were the difference Friday for Zion Christian, as the Eagles came up short on three conversion tries in a 32-26 loss to visiting Collinwood.
After giving up a touchdown on the opening kickoff and an ensuing two-point try, the hosts evened the count on the first of four Luke Perko TD tosses – this one to Davis Duffy – and a two-point Perko pass to Duffy.
With a chance to tie the game again following a Collinwood second-quarter score, Perko connected with Sam Sullivan for a 48-yard score but the two-point attempt was unsuccessful and the Eagles trailed 16-14 at halftime.
Perko’s third-quarter touchdown pass to Sam Duffy gave his team a 20-16 lead, but Collinwood answered with a pair of fourth-quarter scores to regain the advantage.
Pulling within six on Max Brown’s 48-yard reception with 5:42 to play, Zion opted to kick the extra point – but that was unsuccessful as well, leaving the deficit at six points.
As time expired, the Eagles had driven inside the Collinwood 10-yard line, but a pass play on an untimed down after an interference call was broken up to end the game.
Perko threw for 215 yards along with the four touchdowns in the loss, while rushing for another 91 on 20 carries.
Zion (3-3), which had a three-game winning streak stopped with the defeat, meets visiting Richland on Oct. 2.
Collinwood 32, Zion Chr. 26
at Holcomb Field
C 8 8 0 16 – 32
Z 8 6 6 6 – 26
C – Blake Whitten 87 kickoff return (11:41), Joe Thompson run
Z – Davis Duffy 15 pass from Luke Perko (6:43), Duffy pass from Perko
C – Alex Haddock 6 pass from Dayton Scott (10:38), Thompson pass from Scott
Z – Sam Sullivan 48 pass from Perko (8:13), pass failed
Z – Sam Duffy 30 pass from Perko (7:23), pass failed
C – Thompson 80 pass from Scott (9:55), Lane Makara run
C – Makara 9 pass from Scott (7:11), Peyton Ward run
Z – Max Brown 48 pass from Perko (5:42), kick failed
First downs 8 18
Rushes-yards 18-84 41-170
Passing yards 156 215
Comps-Atts-Ints 6-9-0 13-23-1
Penalties-yards 7-71 5-40
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
Zion Chr. – Luke Perko 20-91, Sam Duffy 14-51, Sam Sullivan 4-20, Josh Harrison 3-8
Zion Chr. – Luke Perko 13-23-1, 215
Zion Chr. – Sam Duffy 2-36, Davis Duffy 3-28, Sam Sullivan 5-91, Max Brown 1-48, Josh Harrison 2-12