ULYSSES — Great Bend High School quarterback Bryce Beck ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, breaking a 20-20 deadlock and lifting the Panthers to a 28-20 non-conference victory over Ulysses on Friday night at Maxwell Field.
Great Bend's Josh Lopez scored on a two-point conversion after Beck's TD to make it an eight-point game. An offsides penalty on the extra-point kick gave the Panthers the ball half the distance to the goal line, where Lopez tumbled into the end zone.
Ulysses (1-1) drove to the GBHS 45-yard line near the three-minute mark before Panthers cornerback Brock Ibarra intercepted Tigers quarterback Alec Meierhoff, negating the drive. Ibarra had two picks in the game.
Ulysses had one last gasp after GBHS fumbled the ball away at midfield with 1:17 left, but the Tigers had their drive die at the 30 as GBHS took over on downs and ran out the clock.
Great Bend, improving to 2-0 on the season with back-to-back road wins, plays its home and Western Athletic Conference opener on Friday, taking on Garden City at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Check out Sunday's Tribune for a full game report and statistics.