Piper and Eudora played with the hunger of not getting their first loss of the season and that made for a dramatic fourth quarter on Friday evening at Piper.
My oh my, did Piper give its home fans something to talk about for years to come in the Pirates’ first home football game in two years.
Scintillating is the only way to describe Piper’s 26-23 victory.
With the clocking ticking down to 8 seconds, 7, seconds, 6 seconds, Piper junior quarterback Logan Ladish dropped back for the final play of the game at the 50.
“That last play I felt pressure behind me, I rolled out and saw the receiver downfield,” Ladish said. “I was just in a moment. I was hoping it was going to connect.”
It was senior wide receiver Ethan Walker breaking open near the 20. Ladish lofted a high spiral that dropped in Walker’s hands.
“I knew I had him beat,” Walker said. “Logan threw a perfect pass. Give credit to the O-line. They gave our quarterback a lot of time back there. They made it easy for us. We took advantage of it.”
Walker sprinted to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown as the clock wound down to 0:00. Piper improved to 2-0 in the Frontier League. Eudora dropped to 1-1.