Friday night highlights: Waynesboro converts gutsy final plays into wild win vs. Wildcats
It was a night to remember for QB Louie Lindsay, WR Brody Rhodes and RB Aidan Mencia.
The three seniors helped lead Waynesboro to a miraculous 21-20 win over Mechanicsburg on the game's final two plays.
With less than a second to go, Lindsay rolled to his right and lofted a ball into the leaping hands of Rhodes from 35 yards out. Rhodes took a hard landing, and after a discussion from the refs, they ruled it a touchdown, and the crowd erupted.
Then, the game was in Mencia's hands.
Waynesboro went for two, and Lindsay pitched it to his running back, who made one cut and walked into the end zone.
They went for the win, and they got it.
"There was no way we were playing for overtime," head coach Josh Sprenkle said. "We were going for two, we just had to figure out what play we wanted. Obviously we were gonna put it in Mencia's hands. We just weren't sure which way we wanted to go with it."
There was no doubt Mencia was going to get the ball, and he knew he could take advantage of the opportunity.
"I sure hoped [I'd get it]," Mencia said. "I just wanted a chance to prove myself and I know I could execute it. I gave it everything I got."
The call obviously worked, providing a senior-night moment that these kids will take with them.
"It's definitely something I'll remember for the rest of my life, and I know everyone else will," Mencia said. "Brody made that game winning touchdown, Louis with the pass, it was amazing. We're all seniors, we have a heavy senior class. We all executed, we all worked as a family, we all worked as a team, and it was just amazing."
Rhodes got the wind knocked out of him as he hit the ground, so the initial moment is a blur, but he got up, and celebrated near the student section.
"I can't believe it," Rhodes said. "That usually never happens in high school so that's pretty awesome."
The mood for Waynesboro at that moment shifted 180 degrees compared to halftime, as Mechanicsburg hit its own Hail Mary to go into the half with a 6-0 lead.
But Waynesboro bounced right back, recovering an onside kick to start the second half and find the end zone a few plays later.
From that point on, it was a back-and-forth affair, with plenty of momentum shifts in between.
But even when Waynesboro needed to go over 80 yards in 1:06, the team kept fighting.
"These kids obviously showed a lot of heart," Sprenkle said. "To the very last second they never quit. That's all you can ask."
Waynesboro moves to 7-2 on the season, and heads to Northern York to close out the regular season next week.
Week 9 results
Greencastle-Antrim 37, West Perry 34 (OT): Greencastle continued the theme of wild comebacks in this one.
West Perry had a 17-0 lead in the third quarter, but Greencastle was able to come all the way back.
RB Brady Diller scored a long rushing touchdown late in the quarter, and QB Taylor Conrad had a rushing touchdown from a yard out in the fourth.
Greencastle would eventually tie the game with a field goal from Nathan Kirkwood with 1:08 to go.
This game did go to overtime, with both teams trading touchdowns in the first and second extra frame.
The Blue Devils held West Perry to a field goal to start 3OT, and then put the game away with a touchdown from Conrad to Diller.
Greencastle-Antrim moves to 4-5 on the season.
Shippensburg 21, East Pennsboro 6: It wasn't always pretty, but Shippensburg remains perfect on the season.
East Pennsboro led 6-0 in the second quarter, but the Greyhounds then took over.
Anthony Smith, Amari Kerr and Traevon Kater each had rushing touchdowns to lead Shippensburg to the win.
The defense shut down East Pennsboro the rest of the way, en route to Shippensburg's ninth win of the season.
Cumberland Valley 23, Chambersburg 14: Chambersburg kept this one close throughout, but couldn't find a way to pull this one out.
Jermere Jones came in at quarterback during the fourth quarter, finding the end zone twice on two runs.
But early game struggles on offense kept them too far away from Cumberland Valley to get any closer in the end.
The Trojans fall to 2-7 on the season.
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