It came down to the final play, but Scecina senior quarterback Robert Rennick delivered for the Crusaders in Saturday’s Horseshoe Hall of Fame Classic finale at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Rennick found receiver Jordan Tucker with a 17-yard strike in the back of the end zone as time expired to lift the Crusaders to a thrilling 27-26 comeback win over Indiana Crossroads Conference rival Speedway.
Class A No. 2 Scecina (2-0) scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overcome a 20-7 deficit to the 2A No. 8 Sparkplugs (1-1).
The win was Scecina’s first win over Speedway since 2002.
Scecina cut the Speedway lead to 20-14 when Rennick found tight end James Hadley in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard TD with 11:52 left.
Kirby Cox picked off a Speedway pass, and Scecina took full advantage. It drove 52 yards on 11 plays, with Rennick tying the score at 20 on his fourth-down plunge from the 1. Aaron Leming’s extra point gave the Crusaders a 21-20 lead with 6:41 left.
Speedway retook the lead at 26-21 on tailback Josh Manion’s 2-yard run with 2:02 left. A two-point conversion try failed.
The Sparkplugs took the early lead when quarterback Austin Anglea heaved an 87-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Furlow with 8:45 left in the first.
Scecina immediately responded to tie the score at 7 with 7:16 left in the first, moving 55 yards on four plays, the final 22 coming on a nifty lob pass from quarterback Rennick to tight end Sam Elmore in the end zone.
Speedway took advantage of a Scecina fumble to take a 14-7 lead late in the second quarter. Anglea connected with Justin Brent for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 left in the half. The drive included Anglea connecting for a first down with Furlow on a fourth-and-5 from the Scecina 44.
Scecina fumbled on its opening drive of the second half after driving to the Speedway 26. The Sparkplugs scored five plays later with Anglea finding Furlow on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked, but Speedway led 20-7 before Scecina rallied.
Rennick finished 8-of-16 for 102 yards. Scecina added 213 yards rushing.