FREDERICKTOWN — It was a finish that will be talked about for years to come.
With one second to play, the East Knox Bulldogs engaged in a wild pass play that ended, 62 yards later, with Dylan Wears in the endzone for the tying score.
On the conversion, Wears took the snap and ran around the Fredericktown defense to seal a 28-26 victory in the most thrilling Mid-Buckeye Conference game in memory.
“There’s a lot to look at,” admitted East Knox head coach Calvin Hatfield while standing in a downpour after the game. “But, right now, we can be happy about it. ... To come out with a win, it speaks to our team’s heart, our mind and our focus.”
The Freddies had scored the go-ahead touchdown on an Austin Hathaway keeper to make the score 26-20 with 40 seconds to go. East Knox (5-2, 3-1 MBC) had trouble with the ensuing kickoff and had to start from its own 25.
From there, the Bulldogs moved the ball on two plays to their 47 with 12 seconds left. Two straight sacks by Fredericktown junior Maeson Helton — and two subsequent timeouts — put the ball back to the 38 with one second left.
That set up The Miracle Touchdown.
Quarterback Cody Howard fumbled the shotgun snap. The ball was picked up by teammate Hayden Frazee who, seeing the defense bearing down and having little to no experience as a sprinter, flipped the ball back to the quarterback.