The All Saints defensive unit led by Grant Bengtson, Hale Buckley and Brice Borgeson stopped Ben Luedtke’s try for two points just short of the goal line in overtime as All Saints defeated Dallas Shelton 22-20 on Senior Night in a TAPPS Div. III-District 2 contest at Mewbourne Field on Friday.
All Saints freshmen Borgeson scored from two yards out and John Norton added the two-point conversion to put the Trojans up 22-14 in overtime.
The Chargers’ Rich Morton scored from four yards out on a nice pitch from Leudtke on Shelton’s possession of overtime to set up the final play.
“Our kids didn’t quit and overcame adversity in trailing 14-0 in the first half to win the ballgame,” said All Saints head Bret Atkins. “They never quit.”
Shelton (5-3, 2-1) raced out to a 14-0 lead on a Ben Abernethy 1-yard run and John DiCaro’s 15-yard pass from Luedtke with 23 seconds left before halftime.
Norton opened the second half with a 29-yard kickoff return to set the Trojans up at their own 39. After an incompletion, Borgeson rushed four times and Chandler Hammonds scored on a 2-yard run to cut the All Saints deficit to 14-6 with 7:47 left in the third period.
The Trojans defense then came up big forcing a three-and-out.
All Saints took over on their 44 yard line and Borgeson raced 42 yards on first down to set the Trojans up at the Shelton 14. After two runs netted two 1-yard runs by Hammond and Merritte Greene. Norton raced 6 yards to set up a fourth-and-8.
The Trojans called a timeout and coach Atkins pulled out his dry erase board and sketched out a 12-yard scoring pass from Norton to Grady Atkins to tie the score at 14-14 when Hale Buckley added the two-point run.
Luedtke rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries and Morton added 107 yards on the ground for the Chargers.