Missed field goal as time expires gives Kellis win vs. Ironwood

Missed field goal as time expires gives Kellis win vs. Ironwood


Missed field goal as time expires gives Kellis win vs. Ironwood


The final 90 seconds was as wild as it gets in football, and Glendale Raymond S. Kellis was the team able to collectively exhale in victory at the end.

Raymond S. Kellis won 18-15 over Glendale Ironwood in a Division II game Friday on an Ironwood missed field goal with no time remaining on the clock, improving to 3-2 with the home victory.

Ironwood, after recovering a fumble with 1:26 to play, drove down the field looking to tie or go ahead. Its comeback appeared for a moment to come up short with 17 seconds left when quarterback Dyllan LeBlanc was picked off in the end zone by D’Von Freeman of Kellis, but an illegal-hands-to-the-face penalty on the interception gave Ironwood one last shot at a tying field goal.

The kick was no good, and Ironwood dropped to 3-2.

“In the back of my mind I was having a little déjà vu of the Cardinals against the Patriots,” Kellis coach Jason Golden said. “It was a grind both ways. They made mistakes, turnovers and penalties, and same thing with us. Those last three plays, I felt like we won it three times, and then I looked up and saw a flag. That was a roller coaster.”

B.J. Freeman had a big day for Kellis, carrying 22 times for 105 yards and scoring a receiving touchdown. Quarterback Adam Muller completed 5 of 7 passes for 107 yards.

Ironwood went ahead 7-0 after recovering a fumble and turning that into a 6-yard touchdown run for Abram Chairez. Kellis struck back with a 47-yard touchdown run by D.J. Hampton with 6:59 left in the first quarter.

The next time Kellis got the ball back, it faced fourth-and-10 from the Ironwood 35. Kellis elected to go for it, and Muller tossed a screen to Freeman, who picked up speed and made a sharp cutback inside to go 35 yards for the score.

Kellis took a 15-7 lead when Ironwood made a bad snap on a punt on the last play of the first quarter.

A field goal by senior Colin Davis near the end of the second quarter made it 18-7 Kellis. But Ironwood came back in the second half, even though it was hurt by a first missed field goal of the game in the third quarter.

LeBlanc scored on a keeper with 6:29 left to play in the game, then fought his way in for the two-point conversion. Then LeBlanc was intercepted by Hampton with 2:49 left, and Kellis looked to be able to run out the clock. But Freeman fumbled and Ironwood took over with 1:26 to play.

LeBlanc ran 25 yards to put the ball at the Kellis 12, but that was as far as Ironwood got before the missed kick at the end.

“In the past we’ve had close games and we haven’t been able to seal the deal,” Golden said. “So this is the first time we’ve been able to pull it out. We’re pretty happy.

“It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve had a two-game winning streak, so that’s what we’ll try to build on.”


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