Conneaut outlasts General McLane in Double OT Thriller @GenMclaneSports @cash_superfans
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Kyle Sheets 2-point conversion pass to Peyton Hearn in double overtime lifted Conneaut to a thrilling victory Saturday afternoon in Linesville.
The Eagles saw General McLane rally from two touchdowns down in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
But it was Conneaut that needed rally as Brett Horn’s 10-yard run on the first play double overtime gave the Lancers a 35-28 lead.
Faced with a 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line the Eagles quarterback Sheets was able to sneak the ball over the goal line to pull them to within a point.
On the ensuing conversion Sheets rolled out to the right before throwing back to the left to his tailback Hearn who walked in for the win.
Here is the Conneaut game-winning 2-point conversion vs General McLane @kylesheets101 @D10FootballHub @PaFootballNews @WPAFootball Story and full highlight video to be posted later tonight. pic.twitter.com/0f94LdmOGE
— Shane Lux (@luxy_aLLin) September 22, 2018
“We ran that play for the first time in the three years we had that in the playbook,” Hearn said. “This was just a great game between two teams that wanted it.”
That entire scenario never plays itself out if it wasn’t for Mahlon Schmidt blocking General McLane’s field goal attempt on the final possession of the first overtime.
“I just jumped at the ball and tried to time it right,” said Schmidt. “We knew it was going to be a nail-biter, all our guys just love the game and play hard.”
Conneaut turned the ball over on downs on their first overtime possession. The Lancers and head coach Jim Wells decided to kick the field goal on 3rd-and-goal from the four-yard line.
“We haven’t missed an extra point all season, that was the reason I went for the field goal,” Wells said. “Obviously hindsight is 20-20, but I have no regrets, it seemed like the right thing to do.”
General McLane rallied from the two-touchdown deficit as Luke Dillen connected with Carson Welser on a 31-yard touchdown, and Brett Horn scored on a 5-yard run.
Conneaut had to chance to win the game in regulation, but Sheets fumbled inside the McLane 20-yard line with just under two minutes remaining to force overtime.
The Lancers looked like they’d take the lead on their first possession of the game, but Ben Howe-Jones fumbled into the end zone that allowed the Eagles to take a 14-0.
Sheets would score his first touchdown on a 1-yard run. Followed by Hearn’s first touchdown on a 2-yard rush after Sheets hit Noah Richardson on a 48-yard pass.
“We can’t turn the ball over like that and expect to win,” said Wells. “You can’t fumble the 1-yard line; you can’t take sacks on fourth down. I was proud of my team for rallying the way the did, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
Dominic West scored on a 56-yard run for the Lancers first touchdown.
— Shane Lux (@luxy_aLLin) September 22, 2018
While a muffed snap led to Hearns 9-yard run before halftime that staked the Eagles to a 20-7 lead.
Quarterback Dillen broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown to get McLane back to within 20-14 at the 8:47 mark of the third quarter.
Then Sheets would score on a 66-yard keeper to give Conneaut a 28-14 lead after three quarters.
Both Sheets and Hearn broke the century mark for the Eagles with 108 and 125 yards respectively.
General McLane pounded out 356 yards rushing led by Dillen who had 155 on 21 carriers. Horn added 92 on ten while Howe-Jones chipped in with 64 yards on 12 attempts.
Conneaut 36 General McLane 35
Score by Quarters
General McLane – 0 7 7 14 0 7 – 35
Conneaut – 0 20 8 0 0 8 – 36
C – Kyle Sheets 1 yd run (Noah Richardson from Sheets), 9:51
C – Peyton Hearn 2 yd run (pass failed), 5:28
GM – Dominic West 56 yd run (Luke Dillen pat), 4:33
C – Hearn 9 yd run (rush failed), 0:54
GM – Dillen 45 yd run (Dillen pat), 8:47
C – Sheets 66 yd run (Richardson from Sheets), 4:16
GM – Carson Welser 31 yd pass from Dillen (Dillen pat), 11:22
GM – Brett Horn 5 yd run (Dillen pat), 6:10
GM – Horn 10 yd run (Dillen pat), 0:00
C – Sheets 1 yd run (Hearn from Sheets), 0:00
Rushing: General McLane – Cole Kostovick 1-(-3), Luke Dillen 21-155, Brett Horn 10-92, West 6-70, Ben Howe-Jones 12-64, Matt Leehan 3-(-22). Totals: 53-356. Conneaut – Hearn 32-125, Sheets 14-108. Mahlon Schmidt 2-10, Tanner Niemann 1-3. Totals: 49-246.
Passing: General McLane – Leehan 2-for-4, 22 yards, Dillen 2-for-2, 48 yards, 1 touchdown. Conneaut – Sheets 5-for-14, 83 yards, 1 interception.
Receiving: General McLane – Ben Lipinski 1-16, Howe-Jones 2-23, Welser 1-31. Conneaut – Noah Richardson 3-65, Tanner Niemann 1-6, Eli Boyce 1-12.
Interceptions: General McLane – Howe-Jones.
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