Pewamo-Westphalia’s quest back to Ford Field rested on the shoulders of its defense in last week’s Division 7 district title game against Saugatuck.
The Pirates held a 25-19 lead with less than a minute to play, and the Indians’ offense was looking to snatch a last-second victory on their final drive. On fourth down, with about 30 seconds to play, Saugatuck’s quarterback launched a deep ball, looking to put his team within striking distance just before time expired.
Pewamo-Westphalia senior Logan Hengesbach wasn’t going to let it happen.
Hengesbach soared through the air and sealed a Pirates victory with a game-clinching interception. The play was voted as the State Journal’s high school video of the week.
“It was crunch time, so I had to make a play to help the team win,” said the senior, who recorded his second interception of the season in the victory. “I thought I had to make a play to end the game.”
Pewamo-Westphalia hasn’t been in many tight games this season, as the district title win was the program’s only single-digit victory of the year. Hengesbach said it was an important moment for the Pirates.
“It showed us how good we are in the moment,” he said. “We didn’t have many tough games, and it really gave us a good read with where we’re at.”
The next test for No. 2-ranked Pewamo-Westphalia comes Saturday against No. 1-ranked Traverse City St. Francis. Hengesbach said the Pirates are looking forward to the challenge as they try to bring home the state championship.
“We know Traverse City St. Francis is a good team, but we just have to play more physical than them,” he added. “Hopefully we make it out on top and make it back to Ford Field.”
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