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GAME OF THE WEEK: Urbana scores in final seconds to stun Lakers

The final minutes of Friday’s game between Urbana and visiting Indian Lake played out like a Hollywood action film.

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Indian Lake’s Ben Wahl takes a pass down field as an Urbana defender works to bring him down during the second quarter of their game Friday at Urbana. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

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After the Lakers kicked a go-ahead field goal with 23 seconds left in the game, the Hillclimbers drove 57 yards on two plays to score the game-winning touchdown with 1.9 seconds left for a 38-31 victory.

Urbana clinches at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division title with the win. The Hillclimbers are now 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the CBC Mad River division.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Lakers, who fall to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the league.

It was an unbelievable finish for Urbana as it rallied to regain the lead twice in the fourth quarter.

With Indian Lake holding a 28-21 lead in the fourth quarter, Urbana’s Tanner Lawrence scored on a 1-yard TD with 6:52 left in the game. The Hillclimbers went for a two-point conversion, but did not get it. That left the Lakers ahead 28-27.

The final moments of Friday’s game had fans on the edge of their seats.

Urbana got the ball back and Tanner Nichols kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the hosts a 30-28  lead with 1:17 left in the game.

Junior Chris Teague stepped up with a clutch play for Indian Lake. He returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to the Hillclimber’s 9-yard line. The Lakers sent out freshman kicker Connor Davis and he came through with a 23-yard field goal to put IL up 31-30 with 23 seconds remaining in the game.

Then the improbable happened as Urbana drove 57 yards for a touchdown on two big pass plays. Urbana quarterback Nathan Mays hit Tyler Powell at the 20-yard line with 7.9 seconds remaining in the game.

Mays then connected with Powell on a 20-yard touchdown reception with 1.9 seconds left. Urbana then went for two points and Shane Ware caught a conversion pass to make the score 38-31.

The Lakers did not have any magic left as Urbana held on to get the victory.

At the start of the game, L.J. Henderson put Indian Lake on the scoreboard first in the opening quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run.

Urbana’s Mays answered with a 45-yard TD pass to Powell to knot the game at 7-7.

The Lakers’ Hunter Vance put his team back in front on a 3-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead.

In the second quarter, Mays fired a 57-yard TD pass to Drake Frost. That tied the game again at 14-14 with 9:25 left until halftime.

Teague put Indian Lake back in the driver’s seat with a 62-yard TD run. That gave the Lakers a 21-14 advantage with 2:55 left until the break.

Urbana came battling back in the final minute of the half as Mays found Shane Ware for a 44-yard TD pass with 24 seconds left before halftime. That tied the game 21-21 at the break.

Indian Lake closes out the season at home against Benjamin Logan on Friday in a local CBC Mad River division contest.

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