ELGIN Woodward's Jesus Muniz may not have made his last kick a thing of beauty, but the diving, hooking boot just stayed into the left upright to give the Boomers an amazing 37-35 victory over Elgin in a key District 4A-1 battle at Fighting Owl Stadium.
While fans may point to the final scoring drive as the killer, first-year head coach Matt Allen was thinking otherwise.
"We get the wind to start the game and we are only able to score a field goal with it," the disappointed coach said. "We came out flat for some reason and in this league you just can't do that and expect to win. As tough as this district is, when you get a game at home you feel like you should win, you have to finish it off and we didn't."
But they sure gave it a great effort, scoring twice in the final 5:01 of the game to jump in front, 35-34.
The first of those scores came on a 79-yard drive on seven plays with the touchdown coming on a 15-yard pass from Jonathan Christensen to Cooper Wilson. Trevor Youmans kicked the PAT and the Owls were within striking range, trailing by six, 34-28, with 5:01 left in the game.
On this night, though, there weren't a lot of defensive stops and the Boomers quickly marched downfield with their bevy of running backs pounding away at the interior of the Elgin defense. After getting a first down at the 19, though, the Boomers were stymied and eventually forced to try a 29-yard Muniz field goal to get some insurance.