Friday, January 18, 2013
Jerry World State Champs, Game 2...
So, for the second and final game of the area teams' state championships Stamford was playing Mart in the Class 1A Div. I championship game. Of all the games involving area teams this was going to be the toughest and probably the best game, and boy did it ever live up to its expectations. Mart opened up the game swinging for the fences, throwing deep and scoring on the first play from scrimmage. After that Stamford marched the ball down the field methodically and scored to tie it up.
Things went back and forth. Then Mart started taking over building a big lead. It looked like Stamford just wasn't going to be able to do it and was going to come up short of a title again for the second year in a row. In the second half though, Stamford's QB, Hagen Hutchinson took the game over on both sides of the ball. It was an incredible effort by someone who just wasn't going to give anything up. Stamford ended up taking the lead for good with just over 30 seconds left in the game, with a great touchdown by Hutchinson just powering his way through defenders for a touchdown. Then on Mart's final drive he sealed the game with an interception as time expired. It was a really great effort by someone who literally left everything on the field. During the scrum after the game you could see him just leaning on his teammates, completely spent. It was one of the best state championship games I've seen. And, close games like these always make for nice photos.