Immaculata gains victory thanks to 55-yard touchdown strike in fourth quarter.
The build up took all night, but finally when Immaculata coach Sean Sachen felt it was time to strike, the play went off without a hitch.
All evening, the run-heavy Raiders pounded the ball against its hosts, Jayhawk-Linn.
Down 7-6 with four minutes left in regulation, Imac had continued to rush the football setting up the game-winning play call.
“I wanted to get us in good situation to set up that pass play and their safety was coming down hill so hard all night to support that there was nobody near Connor (Schmidling),” Sachen said. “Drew (Sachen) hit him right in stride and he was gone. It was beautiful.”
On the play-action call, Drew Sachen released a perfectly-thrown ball that Schmidling hauled in and then raced into the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown. Dustin Jostmeyer bullied in a two-point conversion and with four minutes left in the game, Imac was up 14-7.
The defense then made a stand and for the second time in three games this season, the Raiders were victors.
“We played hard and a lot better defensively,” coach Sachen said. “The second half we made an adjustment. We switched our interior lineman and after they moved the ball really well in the first half, we shut them down. Overall, a great team win.”
Drew Sachen opened up the game’s scoring in the second quarter with a 77-yard run, yet the two-point conversion failed.
Jayhawk-Linn answered with 20 seconds left in the first half and converted the extra-point for a 7-6 advantage. The game stayed that way until the well-executed play-action pass in the fourth from Sachen to Schmidling.
The Imac quarterback finished with 21 carries for 159 yards while Jostmeyer had 22 yards on 11 carries.
The Raiders, 2-1, will travel to rival Pleasant Ridge Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.
“It’s PR week and so it’s always fun time for every one invovled,” the Imac coach said. “We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing and trust in ourselves.”