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Clutch Hinton touchdown crushes West Lyon's hopes

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Hinton quarterback, senior Morgan Wenzel, pushes through the West Lyon defense to score the winning touchdown Monday. The 16-yard run by Wenzel put the Blackhawks at 14-10 for the victory. Hinton now advances to the quarterfinals against Akron-Westfield Friday.
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With three minutes left to go in the game, the Hinton Blackhawks were down and had a lot of field between them and the touchdown they needed.

West Lyon had just scored at the Inwood field, leading Hinton 10-7, and time was running out.

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Hinton senior Colin Poss receives a pass during the drive for the Blackhawks' first touchdown Monday in the matchup with West Lyon. Hinton held the Wildcats back for the 14-10 win, advancing the Blackhawks to the quarterfinals, where they will play Akron-Westfield at Akron.
But the Blackhawks did what the Blackhawks needed to do.

They brought the ball more than 70 yards down the field and scored with 21 seconds left on the clock.

The final score: 14-10.

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) The Hinton defense held the Wildcats back at the 1 yard line, stopping them from making a touchdown in the first half. The Blackhawks reclaimed possession of the ball at their own 1 yard line.
"That last drive is going to go down in the Blackhawk annals as one of the best drives of the school's history," said Hinton head coach Bruce Held. "It was an epic drive, the kind you dream about when you're a little kid in your backyard."

Blackhawk quarterback, senior Morgan Wenzel, ran the 16 yards to bring the touchdown in.

"We were trying to get the ball centered in the field, trying to get a field goal in the worst case scenario, and we called a running play," Held said. "I thought it was just a first down, but he ran it in. That touchdown was monstrous."

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) The Blackhawks celebrate after a last-minute victory at Inwood Monday, where they defeated West Lyon 14-10 to advance to the Class A quarterfinals. They will take on Akron-Westfield at 7 p.m. Friday in Akron.
The Blackhawks advance to the Class A quarterfinals.

Monday's game started out as nearly a defensive stalemate between the Wildcats (9-2) and Hinton (8-3).

"It was a lot of defense, a lot of hard hitting, the two offenses trying to figure out what the other team's defense was doing," Held said. "We'd changed some things since we saw them last, and they did, too. We were hunting and pecking, finding out what was going to work."

It took the Blackhawks most of the first half to figure that out, he said.

Defensively, Hinton made two crucial stops in the first half.

Once West Lyon brought the ball to within a yard of the end zone but Hinton held the line. The Wildcats couldn't get the first down, and Hinton took the ball over at the 1 yard line.

Later, West Lyon drove to the 8 yard line, but the Blackhawks held them there.

With 6:54 left in the second quarter, the Wildcats kicked a 27-yard field goal to make the score 3-0, where it stayed at halftime.

"We came out the second half and decided we'd try to run the ball," Held said. "Not a lot of teams do that against West Lyon."

Hinton's first touchdown drive was mostly on the ground with a few passes, the coach said.

With 1:58 left in the third quarter, Dalton Becker caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Wenzel.

The extra point kick by Matthies Gross-Holtick was good, making the score 7-3.

The 71-yard Blackhawk touchdown drive had taken 15 plays, Hinton coach Steve Diediker said.

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