Bellevue 28, Perkins 27
With 30 seconds left on the game clock, Perkins had the Division III Region 10 semifinal vs. Bellevue all wrapped up and a chance at a regional championship appearance.
But the Pirates saw their postseason run come to a devastating end in those 30 seconds when they opted to pass on fourth-and-five at the Bellevue 31, which resulted in an interception that was picked off by Nick Raifsnider. He returned it to the Perkins 42.
It was Jalen Santoro’s chance to be the hero, and he took full advantage, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Trent Stamm as time expired. Jake Strayer nailed the extra point kick and Bellevue (11-1) walked away with a 28-27 victory and another week of football ahead of them.
The Redmen take on Napoleon (11-0-1) at a neutral site next Saturday, while the Pirates end the season at 10-2. Both losses came to the Redmen.
Santoro described the final play with one word: unbelievable.
For more information on this game, see Sunday's Sandusky Register.