BREAKING: Walker's last-second, two-point dive clinches victory for Chiefs
September 17, 2010 | 09:58 PM
McFarland -- The Big Foot football squad showed its flair for the dramatic a second straight week Friday night.
And for a second straight week, the Chiefs pulled off a victory on a two-point conversion. Last week, it was Vaughn Bourassa's sack that gave the Chiefs a win over Brodhead, but this time it was Kenny Walker.
Walker's two-point conversion with no time remaining sealed a back-and-forth 26-25 victory for the visiting Chiefs.
The game-winning drive was 75 yards and was kept alive by a last-second spike from Big Foot sophomore quarterback Carter Hehr with a mere .3 seconds left on the clock. On third and goal, senior running back Jordan Gottman pounded his way into the end zone, cutting the Spartan lead to 25-24.
The Chiefs went for the win on the road as Hehr optioned to his right and pitched the ball to Walker, who dove past the goal line just before two Spartan defenders clobbered him for the game-winning score. Big Foot improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Rock Valley Conference with the win.
Chiefs Head Coach Rodney Wedig will take the win, but he admitted it was a stressful one.
"These last-second wins are aging me quickly," he joked. "In my seven years coaching here, I'm not sure we've ever pulled off something like this. To score with no time left like that, it was just great."
Wedig commended the play of Hehr, who completed his last four passes on the deciding drive. Down 25-18, Big Foot started from their own 25-yard-line in the fourth quarter with no timeouts. But Hehr was cool under pressure, converting a fourth-and-two pass from the Big Foot 43 to Walker. Also, receivers Mike Kunes and Matt Ripkey hauled in two key catches on the drive.
Big Foot dug deep after falling into a 18-7 hole in the third quarter. But late in the third quarter, Hehr hooked up with Ripkey on a 70-yard pitch and catch, which set up Gottman's first touchdown run. Hehr's two-point run cut it to an 18-15 game.
Then, Sean Kivlin's 21-yard field goal with 10:29 left in the game tied it up at 18-18.
McFarland answered quickly with a six-yard touchdown run with 5:18 left to take a 25-18 lead before allowing the crucial drive.
Big Foot got on the scoreboard with 8:52 left in the second quarter thanks to a 74-yard punt return touchdown by David Crump.
Hehr racked up 210 yards of total offense, 168 by air and 42 by ground. Ripkey tallied 101 receiving yards on four catches.
And Mason Dixon ended up with 89 total yards, with 47 receiving and 42 rushing.
Check Wednesday's Regional News for a complete story.
Big Foot 26, McFarland 25
BF 0 7 8 11 -- 26
MF 7 8 3 7 -- 25
MF - Smith 20 run (Wedel kick), 7:04
MF - Safety, 10:49
BF - David Crump 74 yd punt return (Sean Kivlin kick), 8:52
MF - Runde 46 pass from Wedel (kick failed), 1:38
MF - Wedel 40 field goal, 8:49
BF - Jordan Gottman 9 run (Hehr run), 3:49
BF - Sean Kivlin 21 field goal, 10:29
MF - Wedel 6 run (Wedel kick), 5:18
BF - Gottman 2 run (Walker run), 0:01
Other area scores
Wilmot 14, Badger 13
Fall River 39, Williams Bay 6
Elkhorn 27, Westosha Central 24
Waterford 21, Burlington 18
Burlington Catholic Central 58, University School 17
Delavan-Darien 40, Union Grove 21
East Troy 28, Beloit Turner 23
Whitewater 21, Clinton 13
Brodhead 21, Evansville 8
Edgerton 34, Orfordville-Parkview 14
Jefferson 39, Palmyra-Eagle 0
Richmond-Burton 35, Byron 7
Crystal Lake Central 42, McHenry 21
Harvard 43, Rockford Lutheran 7
Marmion Academy 24, Marian Central 7
Cary-Grove 42, Woodstock North 7
Huntley 34, Woodstock 16