NILES, OH (WYTV) – The LaBrae Vikings had a lead with less than a minute to go, but Garfield pulled off the upset for the second straight week as the G-Men got the win, 33-28.
The Vikings held a 13-7 lead at half, but the G-Men scored 14 unanswered points to take the lead in the 4th quarter.
That is when Carlton Brown found Tariq Drake for a 65-yard touchdown catch for the Vikings, and after converting the two-point conversion, tied the game at 21.
But that didn’t last long, as Garfield needed just one play on the next drive to take the lead thanks to Kyle Borelli breaking off a 75-yard touchdown run to make it 27-21.
That set the stage for the Vikings late in the game. With under a minute to go, Brown had a pass deflected in the end zone, which found the waiting hands of Benton Tennant to put LaBrae up 28-27.
But Garfield would drive the field thanks in part to a pass interference penalty on the Vikings goal line which set up Borelli to scamper 13-yards to give the G-Men the lead for good.
Garfield advances to play Canton Central Catholic in the Regional Final as LaBrae ends the season 8-4.