MORRISON – Max Lemke dropped back for the second varsity pass of his career with two things on his mind.
He knew that Tyler Bruggenwirth was tall, and that he has impressive ups.
All Lemke had to do was get the ball down the field.
Lemke’s heave did just that, Bruggenwirth jumped above a Morrison defender for the catch, and then backed into the end zone.
A 2-point conversion run and then an interception on a Morrison last-second Hail Mary attempt sealed the Steamers’ 38-30 victory in the annual Wooden Shoe Bowl at Bud Cole Field.
“I knew that Tyler can dunk and that he can jump, like, 10-feet,” said Lemke, a junior who was thrust into action after Fulton starter Bryce Grant was ejected late in the third quarter. “All I wanted to do was throw it up there for him. I saw him catch it, and it was the greatest feeling ever.”
“I was just focused on bringing it in,” Bruggenwirth said. “The ball was super-slippery, so I wanted to get it in. After that, I just wanted to make sure that I scored.”
Bruggenwirth did score with 15.1 seconds left, thwarting a pesky Morrison team that was coming off a 54-point loss to Newman last week.
“The difference this week was all about the first drive,” Morrison quarterback Reilly Dolan said. “Last week, we had two bad snaps in the first drive, and we never recovered from that. Tonight, we didn’t do that. We drove the ball and our confidence kept building.”
The score was tied at 22 at half. Morrison opened the second half with a 11-play, 63-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard plunge by Aaron Deter for a 30-22 lead.
After Morrison (3-2, 0-2 Three Rivers Rock) forced a turnover on downs, Dolan threw the first of two interceptions, this one by Lemke, who was playing defensive back and returned it to the Fulton 10.
Two plays later, Grant connected with Nathan McLuckie for a TD to tie the score at 30.
It was the second TD connection for the two, as McLuckie caught a TD with 8.9 seconds left in the first half to tie the score at 22. That touchdown was set up by a 57-yard reception by Andrew Knudsen.
Deter led Morrison with 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Mustangs outgained Fulton (4-1, 2-1) 344 yards to 293.
Player of the game: Max Lemke, Fulton, game-winning touchdown pass with 15.1 seconds left on second varsity pass of career, also had an interception on defense.
He said it: We had a lot things that didn’t go our way. Really, we had some really bad things happen tonight. But we had to keep our heads up. We kept fighting, and this feels great.”