NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Watching as their 10 point lead turned into a four point deficit, a late fourth quarter drive saved Springfield as they eek out a win over McDonald 24-21.
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Trailing by a touchdown in the first quarter, Springfield turned to the hot hand of quarterback Graham Mincher who connected with Cody Allen on a 45 yard touchdown pass, knotting the game at 7-7.
With a 10-7 lead, Springfield struck in the third quarter on Mincher’s second touchdown pass of the night, this time to Jake Ford from 30 yard out to increase the Tiger lead to 17-7.
But the Blue Devils were not going to go down easy. With 11:18 to play in the game, McDonald punched it in to shrink the lead to a field goal, 17-14.
Then, with only 5:47 remaining the Blue Devils took the lead on a six yard touchdown run to take the lead, 21-17.
As time ticked down, Springfield drove down the field to set up a Mincher one yard touchdown run with 1:30 remaining to regain the lead, 24-17.
McDonald took the ball with one minute remaining but couldn’t muster a final drive, turning the ball over on downs, clinching the Springfield win.