Pinnacle airs it out, then holds on against Horizon

Pinnacle airs it out, then holds on against Horizon


Pinnacle airs it out, then holds on against Horizon


Brian Lewerke, never losing faith in receiver Mason Hatton, scrambled right, then peeled back left.

That gave his receiver enough time to get open in the end zone for a 46-yard touchdown with about two minutes left Friday night, halting visiting No. 6 Phoenix Horizon’s momentum in seventh-ranked Phoenix Pinnacle’s 49-39 victory and the Section V championship in Division I.

“It’s crazy,” Hatton said. “I just kept going. (Lewerke) broke out. I just kept going, and it was wide open.”

Pinnacle (7-2, 4-0) intercepted Dalton Sneed’s pass in the final minute, running its record to 7-0 against its rival in a series that began in 2006.

Late in the opening quarter, Hatton dropped what would have been a touchdown pass.

Lewerke figured it would be a shootout with Sneed and Horizon, which came into the showdown averaging a Division I-best 54 points a game.

Sneed threw touchdown passes to Luke Quinn and Spencer Marciniak, staking Horizon to a 12-0 lead with 6:32 left in the first half.

Finally, Lewerke and Pinnacle started to catch some breaks.

Lewerke had two touchdown passes dropped and a 70-yarder called back by a holding penalty before connecting with junior Cules Rose on a 49-yard score, then finding Daniel Galindo with a 10-yard touchdown pass that gave Pinnacle a 14-12 lead in a span of two minutes.

Pinnacle never lost the lead afer that. Tyler Townsley returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, extending Pinnacle’s lead to 21-12.

Lewerke’s third scoring strike and second to Rose — a 38-yarder — pushed the lead to 28-12 a few minutes later.

But Sneed started to click with his receivers again.

He threw three scoring passes, including a 55-yarder to Mark Robinson that cut the score to 42-39 with 6:29 left.

Horizon (7-2, 3-1) only ran six more plays after that, as Josh Hoekstra converted a fourthand1 with a 6-yard run that led to Lewerke’s big play to Hatton.

“He’s as cool as a cucumber,” Pinnacle coach Dana Zupke said of his junior quarterback.

Lewerke said he never lost faith in his receivers.

“We have good receivers,” Lewerke said. “And our line did a spectacular job. I had so much time. I could roll around and find someone open. I knew the receivers would bounce back. They did a great job, especially in the second half.”


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