WHEELING — John Coleman booted a 35-yard discipline aim as time expired Friday night time handy College Excessive a walk-off 17-14 victory in opposition to Wheeling Park inside Wheeling Island Stadium.
As is customized for many kickers, Coleman by no means noticed it.
“In case you lookup, generally you’ll pull the ball,” mentioned Coleman, who additionally doubles as a receiver that got here up with six large receptions for 84 yards. “I simply saved my head down. It felt good. Every part felt good. I simply waited for my teammates’ response to know what occurred.”
The response was as anticipated — they piled on Coleman — however what occurred to arrange the kick was something however regular. As a substitute, it was a storybook drive by the Hawks (2-2) and quarterback Luke Hudson that gained’t be forgotten anytime quickly.
“No person gave us an opportunity to win this sport, however I can’t say sufficient in regards to the effort our youngsters gave,” UHS head coach John Kelley mentioned. “We simply saved hanging round, and it got here right down to that final drive. That final drive was simply our will to win.”
In a 14-14 sport, UHS took over by itself 20 with underneath 4 minutes remaining however obtained knocked again inside its personal 10 after two penalties. The state of affairs regarded bleak when UHS confronted a third-and-18, however Hudson in some way discovered freshman Kaleil Lewis open in the course of the sector for a primary down.
“That’s truly a play we may run much more,” mentioned Hudson, who accomplished 18 of 27 for 239 yards passing and a TD. “They have been doubling down on Ethan (Jackson) on the skin and Kaleil had the open area within the center. It actually wasn’t my finest throw. I name it a hospital ball, so I owe him one for coming down with that one.”
Now there was simply 34 seconds left and Coleman’s 14-yard catch helped get the Hawks to the Wheeling Park 35, which was when Hudson pulled off slightly magic.
He was scrambling for his life, first from a defender who had him chilly after speeding up the center, after which outrunning one other defender coming off the top.
“We have been simply very lucky proper there,” Kelley mentioned. “That’s a kind of moments that appears dangerous from the beginning, however Luke simply saved issues alive.”
Hudson scrambled backward, forwards and sideways earlier than darting to his left. By the point he reached the UHS sideline, Hudson threw throughout his physique and throughout the sector to a wide-open Brock Kehler, who went up within the air and got here down with the catch on the Wheeling Park 8-yard line.
The facet observe to all of it, Kehler, a star linebacker who has performed restricted offense this season, principally as a lead blocker, wasn’t alleged to be there.
“Earlier than the play, I advised him he was my check-down,” Hudson mentioned.
A check-down receiver is just not 27 yards downfield.
“That’s the factor, I don’t know if he is aware of what a check-down is,” Hudson continued. “I assume on that play, a check-down is run 20 yards down the sector and get open.”
UHS obtained hit with a holding name that set the ball again to the Park 18 after which UHS known as timeout with 4 seconds left. Coleman got here on, didn’t soften underneath the stress when Wheeling Park (2-1) known as timeout to ice him, after which merely nailed a 35-yarder to win the sport.
“I simply stayed calm the entire time,” Coleman mentioned. “I had a job to do. We labored so onerous to get again into the sport. That’s my first game-winner, in order that was fairly cool.”
College 17, Wheeling Park 14
College 0 0 7 10 — 17
Wheeling Park 7 0 7 0 — 14
WP–Mykel Davis 39 move from Aiden Davis (AJ Seals kick)
UHS–Kaleil Lewis 32 move from Luke Hudson (John Coleman kick)
WP–Davis 51 move from Davis (Seals kick)
UHS–Jack Byrer 5 run (Coleman kick)
UHS–Coleman 35 discipline aim
RUSHING: College–Hudson 5-21, Melique Lewis 11-34, Brock Kehler 3-11, Byrer 2-8 TD, Ethan Jakson 1-0. Wheeling Park–Amare Johnson 11-41, Zac Lydick 5-45, Aiden Davis 7-(-6).
PASSING: College–Hudson 18-27 239 TD. Wheeling Park–Aiden Davis 16-21 244 2 TD.
RECEIVING: College–Jackson 6-61, Coleman 6-84, Kaleil Lewis 2-51 TD, James Fortney-Garbart 2-15, Kehler 1-27, Hudson 1-1. Wheeling Park–Mykel Davis 5-125 2 TD, Keohn Stephens 3-49, Brennan Wack 4-26, Johnson 3-27, Jameson Maynard 1-17.