Pekin loses on last second touchdownBotched field goal attempt results in game winning score
Pekin was out of time.
After Kolby Allsup ran for a 16-yard touchdown to pull the Panthers within two points, their only option was to go for a two-point conversion. Allsup received the snap and rolled to his right. No receivers were available, so he tucked the ball and headed for the end zone. Diving for the pylon, Allsup crossed the plain just before a defender could knock him out of bounds.
Pekin had tied Sigourney-Keota at 21 with 1:13 to go in its game that took place Friday in Packwood. Entering the fourth quarter the Panthers were down 21-6.
“I’m very proud of our kids and I told them that at the end,” Pekin head coach Joe Donovan said. “Those seniors led us in the second half and allowed us to tie that game.”
Sadly for Pekin, the drama was not over. Sigourney-Keota got the ball at its own 43 after a squib kick gave them quality field position. Cobras’ quarterback Luke Lyle threw a long pass to tight end Kevin Weber that resulted in a gain of more than 40 yards.
Later in the drive it was fourth and goal with three seconds to go. Cobras head coach Jared Jensen decided to kick a field goal for the win. The kick attempt didn’t go exactly how Jensen imagined it would, but his decision was successful in the end.
Holder and back-up quarterback Blaine Gretter couldn’t handle the low snap, so he picked up the ball and took off around the edge for the end zone. Gretter reached the pylon just before linebacker Christian Wittrock could make the tackle.
Just like that, the Cobras had won 27-21.
“He’s a kid that’s a playmaker and that’s why he’s out there,” Jensen said. “There was nothing in his head saying he was going to try and do something else; he was going for the score.”
Gretter had only played a few snaps the entire game. His feet had only touched the field on special teams.
“I was praying the kick would do in,” Cobras senior running back Kolton Greiner said. “Then I saw the botched snap and there was a lot of green space out there. I know Blaine’s fast, but wow.”
The ending was a devastating way for the Panthers to lose the game after fighting so hard to tie it in the fourth quarter. Pekin’s offensive progress was bogged down by four turnovers.
“It’s was a great game I’m sure from a spectator’s standpoint, but it was frustrating on our part because of the turnovers,” Donovan said. “And that’s on us. If we don’t have those turnovers, I think we have the lead going in to that fourth quarter instead of playing from behind.”
Allsup finished the game with 33 rushing yards and 69 yards through the air. Both of his touchdowns, one that came through the air and another on the ground, came in the fourth quarter. Chase Copeland led Pekin’s effective rushing attack. He had 111 yards on the ground. Wittrock caught two touchdowns.
Sigourney-Keota took advantage of Pekin’s turnovers and left the field knowing they escaped with a victory. The Cobras are now 2-0 on the season.
“We knew if was going to be a dogfight all game long,” Jensen said. “This game is always tough and there was never going to be any doubt that it was going to be four quarters. You’ve got to play all four quarters and good things will happen if you do that.”