It was a tale of two halves for the Lowry High School football team on Saturday afternoon, after making the short trip to Spring Creek.

Coming off its first loss of the season, the Buckaroos led the entire first and by as many as 15 points at 23-8, only to see the Spartans come back in the fourth quarter to win 30-29.

With the loss, Lowry dropped to 2-2 on the season.

Lowry got on the board in the first quarter with a short Anthony Peterson touchdown run to lead 7-0. Sophomore Braden Hammargren added his third field goal of the season to give Lowry a 10-0.

The Buckaroos push the lead to 16-0 in the second quarter on a second rushing touchdown by Peterson.

Spring Creek cut the deficit in half to 16-8 with its first touchdown of the afternoon, but Lowry quickly came back, as Peterson found the end zone for the third time on the day to give the Buckaroos a 23-8 lead after the Hammargren extra point.

The offense’s continued to move the ball throughout the first half, with the Spartans cutting the Buckaroo lead to nine points at halftime with a late touchdown in the second quarter.

Lowry committed two turnovers to start the second half, but gave just three points off the miscues. Spring Creek intercepted Lowry’s Caden Ricci on the initial drive of the third quarter, which led to a Spartan field goal and a 23-17 lead for the Buckaroos. 

Spring Creek had driven inside the Lowry 5-yard line, only to see the Buckaroo defense hold them to just three points.

Lowry fumbled the ball away on its next possession, but did not allow any points on the ensuing Spring Creek drive.

The Buckaroos got the ball back and marched back down the field, with a mix of the run and pass from the Pistol offense. Lowry increased the lead to 29-17 with 2:15 to play in the third quarter. The Buckaroos went for two points to attempt to lead by 14 points. However, the conversion failed, which turned out to be crucial in the end.

Spring Creek used a four-minute drive that included the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and were able to trim the Lowry lead to 29-14 with 10 minutes to play.

The Buckaroos were not able to produce any points on its next drive and the Spartans slowly moved the ball down the field, taking nearly seven minutes off the clock.

Spring Creek scored the eventual go-ahead touchdown with 88 seconds to play on a run by Q Boyd. That was the only time the Spartans led on the day. Spring Creek went for the 2-point conversion but failed.

Lowry’s potential game-winning drive ended on downs and Spring Creek was able to run out the final 45 seconds, with the Buckaroos unable to stop the clock.

Lowry closes out the regular season with a trip to Fallon on Saturday to play Churchill County at 3 p.m. The Greenwave are coming off a 41-18 win over Fernley.