Maybe we should have changed the name to “One More Play!”
With lightning flashing in the nearby sky, Orange QB Drew Peterson had one last play to try to bring his team back from a 30-28 deficit. As he looked downfield for one of his wide receivers from the White team’s 35 yardline, the protection broke down, and he was forced to scramble. He broke containment, headed down the east sideline, racing toward the endzone. At the ten yardline, he avoided a defender, but that juke allowed White team’s Michael Hert to close in. A collision…bodies grunted…a lunge…and a winning…saving tackle by Hert as Peterson landed on the one yard line!
Orange players wanted one more play to get in, but officials has already decided that the weather was too threatening, so with 5:24 left on the clock, the game was called….and Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell earned his third straight victory in the series, topping former head coach Mick Peterson’s Orange Team 30-28.
It was by far the best game in the five-years as the format was adjusted to fit the number of players involved. Fifty-yard field, eight on eight squads, more emphasis on offense resulted in easily the highest scoring game in history. Former Pontiac All-State quarterback Tommy Green hooked up for touchdown passes to former Indians Chad Nelson, Blake Stadel, and Paul Kelly, while Andy Lauber, Travis Miller, Peterson, and Chad Sibert scored for the Orange. The difference was a PAT scored by Stadel on the White’s last score.
Champion Fitness Physical Therapy owner Jeff Schade was ecstatic about the game, despite the fact that he once again came out on the short end of the scoring. “We had only 27 guys, we practiced and played through some tough heat and humidity; and everybody just played lights out!” he said after the game. “We have a format that we all like now, and we really can’t wait til next year to do it all over again.”
Proceeds from the event benefit the Champion Fitness Physical Therapy/Jill Bane Memorial Scholarship fund.
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