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Late touchdown pushes Lutheran Westland by Southfield Christian

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published October 4, 2019

 Southfield Christian's Ian Hanafee carries the ball against Lutheran Westland Oct. 4. The Eagles fell 14-12.

Southfield Christian's Ian Hanafee carries the ball against Lutheran Westland Oct. 4. The Eagles fell 14-12.

Photo by Brian Sevald

BERKLEY –– Southfield Christian’s chase for a playoff spot continued with its matchup against Lutheran Westland Oct. 4 at Hurley Field.

The Eagles will have a little more work to do after falling 14-12.

The score was tied at 6-6 until action started to pick up late in the fourth quarter. Blake Parpart connected with Matthew Webber on a 39-yard pass to set the Eagles up at the 1-yard line.

Nolan Hart bulldozed his way into the end zone on the next play to put Southfield Christian up 12-6 with just over two minutes to play.

With limited time and trailing by a touchdown, the Warriors’ offense went to work. A run-heavy offense for much of the game was now in need of big plays.

Lutheran Westland started the drive at its own 36-yard line. After finding limited room on the ground to open the drive, the Warriors went to the air hoping to find better luck.

The Warriors started to find some holes in the defense, and eventually got down to the Southfield Christian 22-yard line with under one minute to play.

With time running out, Lutheran Westland’s Jackson Miles caught a pass and worked his way into the end zone for a 22-yard score. Now tied, the Warriors were an extra point away from going up 13-12 with just 12 seconds to play.

But the kicker wasn’t coming out on the field for Lutheran Westland. The Warriors had a kick blocked earlier in the game and decided to go for 2. The Warriors converted and took a 14-12 lead.

The Eagles had time for one last deep pass, but it was incomplete and Lutheran Westland emerged victorious.

“We knew coming in that they were going to run the ball a lot, pound the ball on us,” Southfield Christian co-coach Craig Schoon said. “I felt they kept fighting each and every down and just came up short at the end.”

The loss drops the Eagles to 3-3 overall with three games remaining. The Eagles are looking to earn a postseason berth, which hasn’t happened since 2013.

It takes six wins to automatically qualify for the state playoffs, but teams with five wins can earn spots in some cases.

The Eagles still have three league games remaining on the schedule, beginning with the next game at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Whitmore Lake.

“We always figured 5-4 would get in just based on our size and who we’ve played. We’ve played some bigger schools,” co-coach Larry Weiss said. “Our focus is to go 2-1 the rest of the way, and I think if we do that, we figure we’ll be in.”