INDIANAPOLIS — It looked bleak for the Hamilton Heights Huskies football team on Saturday against the Twin Lakes Indians at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Trailing 13-6 with under three minutes to go, the Indians, who dominated time of possession in the contest, was marching their way down the field and running out the clock. That's when senior Husky Sterling Weatherford stepped in front of pass to give the ball back to the Huskies with 2:39 to go.
“I love my teammates and I’d do anything for them and expect them to step up and make the same play in that situation,” Weatherford said.
A few plays after converting a fourth and 13 earlier in the drive, Quarterback Riley White connected with Jesse Brown on a four-yard touchdown to put the Huskies down 13-12.
Hamilton Heights head coach Mitch Street decided to gamble and go for the victory with a two-point conversion and White found a wide open Weatherford in the back of the end zone to put the Huskies up 14-13, which is where it remain giving the Huskies a victory.
“I didn't like our chances toward the end of the game,” Street said. “I thought we had the momentum after getting the interception and the touchdown I just thought we needed to go for the win right there.”
The Indians opened the scoring in the contest using a 15-play drive, 14 of which were rushes, and tacking on a 37-yard field goal to put them up 3-0. That's all the scoring that would occur until the Indians tacked on another field goal just eight seconds before the half to make it 6-0.
In the third quarter, the Huskies’ offense would finally break through. A 31-yard run by White set up a 10-yard end around by Brown for a touchdown and after the blocked extra point it was 6-6 with 2:02 left in the third.
Zion Cosgray put the Indians back on top with 7:37 to go in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard touchdown setting up the late fireworks.
The Huskies gave the ball back to the Indians after failing to convert on fourth down. The Indians began to drive before the Weatherford interception and touchdown pass to Brown. Weatherford played the role of hero again with the two-point conversion to win the ballgame.
White went 6-12 passing for 74 yards while also running for 57 yards. Brown had four receptions for 47 yards and had both a receiving and a rushing touchdown.
The win pushes the Huskies to 4-2 on the year and snaps a two-game losing streak. They will travel to Western on Friday in their next contest in Hoosier Conference play.