Kingsley-Pierson falls in final minute to Harris-Lake Park
KINGSLEY ó Kingsley-Pierson and Harris-Lake Park split their two football meetings last season. The latest contest on Friday showed that the two teams are still competitive. Harris-Lake Park scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute to come away with a 40-37 win over the Panthers in non-district play.
Lucas Ahrenstorff hauled in the go-ahead touchdown and the Wolves added a two-point conversion toss to Caleb Hemphill to go ahead by three. The Panthers put together one final drive, but a Hail Mary attempt to the end zone on the final play of the game fell incomplete as the Panthers dropped their second one-possession game of the year.
The difference in the game came down to the plays after each touchdown. Both teams finished with six touchdowns, but the Wolves were able to do better on their attempts after the touchdown, getting one 2-point conversion and having a pair of PAT kicks from August Jones in his two attempts. Beau Goodwin went just 1-of-3 on his PAT kicks in the game, and the Panthers failed to convert on any of their 2-point conversion tries.
The Panthers had pulled in front by a 37-32 score with 1:53 left in the game on a 19-yard option pitch by quarterback Goodwin to Josh Harvey. It was the first lead since jumping in front 13-7 in the second quarter on a 63-yard screen pass to Emerson Pratt, his only reception in the game.
The two teams went back-and-forth through the first half. The Panthers completed a pair of fourth down plays on their opening drive, including a 4th-and-goal play from the 9-yard line with a pass to Conner Beelner, part of his six catches for 74 yards in the game for the senior. Beelner dove and barely got the ball across the plane of the goal line for the score.
The Panthers stopped H-LPís first drive as Boston Doeschot intercepted the ball at the 1-yard line, one of his two picks in the contest. The Panthers drove down the field, but a dropped pass in the end zone intended for Beelner led to a turnover on downs.
The Wolves answered as they tied the game at 7-7 following another miss by the Panthers. A Tyce Gunderson pass bounced right through the hands of Evan Neumann and into the hands of Ahrenstorff for what turned into a 45-yard touchdown.
The Wolves tied the game at 13-13 with a 41-yard run from Gunderson and then took a 19-13 lead with under a minute left in the first half with an 8-yard run from Gunderson.
The Wolves added to their lead after halftime with a 4-yard pass to Devin Meyer.
After the Wolves rattled off three touchdowns in a row, the Panthers responded with a couple touchdowns of their own to tie the game at 25-25. Goodwin completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Neumann as part of his 19-of-28 passing game for 292 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
The next score came on a toss play to Harvey who picked up his second rushing touchdown of the game, part of his 13 carries for 60 yards.
The Wolves retook the lead by converting a fourth down play for a touchdown, a 9-yard pass which was part of the 13-of-19 passing game for Gunderson who ended with 147 passing yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Panthers responded to that touchdown right away as on the first play of the ensuing drive Goodwin connected with Neumann for a 54-yard play which accounted for over half of his 104 total receiving yards on seven catches.
Defensively, Caleb Hemphill led the Wolves with 8.5 tackles, just ahead of Ethan Nelsonís eight. The Panthers were led by Beelnerís 12.5 tackles as he also had a fumble recovery in the game. Derek Reinking added 12 tackles.
Harris-Lake Park improved to 2-1 with the win. Kingsley-Pierson fell to 1-2 with the loss. The Panthers will travel to play top-ranked Remsen St. Maryís in their next game on Friday.