Brayden Brandt had practiced the kick countless times.
But even he couldn’t prepare for what was about to happen.
Brandt’s 32-yard field goal as time expired Friday night gave Center Point-Urbana a dramatic 45-42 victory over Union of La Porte City, last season’s Class 3-A state champions and this season’s top-ranked team in 2-A.
“It was pretty cool,” Brandt said of the kick. “There was a lot of adrenaline flowing.”
Brandt, a junior, lined up for the kick with just three seconds remaining and the team’s biggest victory of the young season within its grasp. Brandt, in his first season as Center Point-Urbana’s starting kicker, calmly played out the kick he had practiced many times in his mind as fans screamed from both sides of the field.
“I just thought about making it the whole time,” he said.
Brandt’s boot sent players from Center Point-Urbana celebrating onto the field to mob Friday’s hero, something he wasn’t ready for. He wasn’t alone.
“It was so chaotic,” coach Dan Burke said. “I don’t even remember all the details.”
Things were so crazy that Burke said he didn’t know where the kick went.
The victory knocked Union out of the top spot in the rankings, pushing the team back to No. 4. Center Point-Urbana, meanwhile, moved into the rankings at No. 10.
ACROSS THE STATE
AUDIBLE AT AUDUBON: Audubon quarterback Trevor Smith completed 22-of-25 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns during a 32-7 win against Riverside of Oakland.
KNOCK ON WOOD: Woodward-Granger running back Andrew McCune rushed for 203 yards and five touchdowns, including the first four of the game, during a 61-14 win against Ogden.
PERKED UP AT PEKIN: Quentin Garrells rushed for 200 yards and six touchdowns, including a 59-yard run during Pekin’s 88-6 win over New London. Garrells averaged 14.3 yards per carry.
WHAT A VIEW: Quarterback Trent Verwers completed 8-of-11 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns during Martensdale-St. Marys’ 47-12 victory over Southeast Warren of Liberty Center.
GREAT BRITTAIN: Brandon Brittain passed for 231 yards and rushed for 119 more and two touchdowns during Van Meter’s 39-21 win against Earlham.
GREAT GIMBEL: Marshalltown quarterback Blake Gimbel passed for 447 yards and four touchdowns during a 31-7 win over Pella. Gimbel, who completed 30-of-48 passes, also kicked all four extra points and booted a 36-yard field goal.
FLOWIN’ FLOYD: Kenny Floyd rushed for 204 yards and five touchdowns during Norwalk’s 42-14 win against Newton.
STREAKING: Several teams snapped long losing streaks on friday night. GMG of Garwin ended a 26 game losing streak with a 27-24 win against North Mahaska. Des Moines Hoover picked up its first contested victory since 2009 with a 24-21 win against Des Moines Roosevelt.
STREAKING, PART 2: Clear Lake won its 42nd consecutive regular season game with a 34-7 win against Mason City. The meeting between the two local rivals was the first in 82 years.
WELL-DUNNE: Grinnell quarterback Eli Dunne rushed for two touchdowns and passed for 175 yards during a 21-10 win against Williamsburg.
DUNKING DUNCAN: Duncan Ferch rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns during West Marshall’s 41-14 win against Waterloo Columbus.
BARNETT BURNING: East Union quarterback Trevor Barnett completed 14-of-32 passes for 300 yards and six touchdowns during a 50-28 win against Moravia.
STICK A FORK IN THEM: West Fork quarterback Spencer Holloran threw for 169 yards and four touchdowns during a 38-22 win against Lake Mills. Holloran also ran for 231 yards and one score.