Cole Peterson’s final second field goal gives Pierre his fifth straight 11AA Championship.
VERMILLION – The championships were won and on Friday night, four-time defending 11AA state champion Pierre Governors needed a dramatic second-half comeback, capped off by Cole Peterson’s 40-yard field. when time expired to give Pierre the 30-27 victory, as the Governors earned their fifth consecutive 11AA State Championship.
Things couldn’t have started worse for the Governors as they fumbled on the kickoff and Tea Area quickly took advantage of that with a Cael Lundin touchdown to take a 7-0 early lead.
The Titans would continue to click early as Lundin doubled his lead with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Grant.
End of 1st Q | Tea Area 14 Pierre 0
Pierre fumbled the opening KO resulting in a Titan TD a few plays later
Next Tea Possession, Lundin with a 35-yard plus TD toss to Gabe Grant. The Govs have fumbled twice in the quarter
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Pierre’s deficit would increase as Lundin added his third touchdown of the half on a 12-yard run with 3:12 left in the second quarter as the Titans led 21-0.
The Governors would gain some momentum heading into halftime when Lincoln Kienholz hit him from 3 yards while Pierre trailed 21-7 at the half.
Tea Area would take the opening drive of the second half 58 yards for another touchdown, but the extra point was not good, making it a 27-7 game.
That provided Pierre with enough opportunity to pursue his career.
He started with a 48-yard touchdown from Kienholz to Jett Zabel to cut the lead to 13 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.
The Governors would get a little closer when Zabel got his second touchdown of the game, a 35-yard drive to make it a one-touchdown game late in the third quarter when they trailed 27-21.
For much of the fourth quarter, neither team was able to advance as they continued to hold a 6-point lead at Titan with 6:31 to play. That’s when Kienholz shined the brightest, putting together a 66-yard drive of 9 plays and culminating it with a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 27, with the extra point of the lead pending.
But the Titans would accept the challenge and block the later point, keeping the game tied at 27.
Tea Area would receive the ball and reach Governor 35 before Jacob Mayer made a spectacular 0:37 interception to be played. The call was initially considered incomplete, but replay aborted the call.
Kienholz and company would drive to the Titans 23 to set up the game-winning field goal for Cole Peterson.
And the older one drilled it. As Peterson’s kick gives Pierre his fifth straight 30-27 11AA championship over Tea Area.