Rebels ride miracle TD to OT victory vs. McGill-Toolen
BECOME PREMIUM MEMBER FOR JUST $5/month - See special video content In a Hollywood ending to a high school football game unlike many have ever witnessed, West Monroe used a miracle fumble return for touchdown by defensive back Colton Harvey late in regulation to tie 7A Alabama powerhouse McGill-Toolen and win it in overtime 31-24 Friday at Independence Stadium.
West Monroe trailed 24-17 with less than a minute to play and no timeouts left in regulation.
The Yellow Jackets elected to run the football and try to get the first down instead of kneeling out the clock.
Senior defensive tackle Ethan Swanner stripped the running back of the ball and Harvey caught it in midair.
Harvey then raced 42-yards for the tying score.
Harvey said the team was surprised to see the Yellow Jackets run a play in the waning moments knowing the Rebels were out of timeouts.
“We were freaking out,” Harvey said. “I just thank God for giving us this victory and want to thank my coaches and teammates for setting up the play.”
West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge made no qualms about his excitement and elation over the momentum changing moment.
“Well, I jumped about 10 feet up in the air,” Arledge said. “We told our guys try to hold them up and strip the ball.”
Junior quarterback Garrett Kahmann overcame a pair of second half interceptions and led the team to a touchdown drive in overtime. Kahmann scored from 1-yard out for the decisive score.
The Rebel defense then held on four downs to win the contest in dramatic fashion.
Kahmann was 6-of-11 for 168 yards and one touchdown with the two interceptions. Kahmann and fullback Cayden Pierce had touchdown runs for the Rebels who led 10-7 at halftime.
Senior running back Cameron Wright was the workhorse on offense this week. Wright carried the ball 28 times for 90 yards.
The Rebels host Wossman next Friday at Don Shows Field at Rebel Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.