CLEWISTON — Down by two with six seconds left in the game, Clewiston Tigers coach Pete Walker sent out his field goal unit to secure the win.
But when American Heritage Stallion defenders came bursting through the line, holder Oran Singleton picked up the ball and took off toward the corner of the end zone. Once he evaded those first defenders, it was all over for American Heritage.
Singleton did what he had done all game and switched into a gear that the opposing team just didn’t have. Singleton dove into the end zone untouched to put Clewiston up 29-24 and make the Tigers 5-1.
“We were in great position for the field goal,” said Tigers coach Walker after the game. “But we also have a great athlete in Oran Singleton. He saw the guys come down hard off the edge, pulled it, ran it in and got us a touchdown instead of three points. What a big play. And what a drive to get it down there by our young men.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 22-6 lead on the Stallions early, but American Heritage came back to reclaim the lead 24-22. That score held for the entire second half, right until the last few seconds of the game.
“These guy fought all the way to the end,” said Walker. “We’re down two points the whole second half. Couldn’t get much going at all on the offensive side of the ball. Then with two minutes left and no timeouts, we go about 80 yards and got the win.”
The Stallions took the lead with a few minutes left in the second quarter. A bad snap on a Clewiston punt sailed into the end zone, which netted a safety for American Heritage.
A few plays later on their ensuing offensive drive, the Stallions connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 22-22. The quarterback ran in the two-point conversion himself to take the 24-22 lead before halftime.
The Tigers are now scheduled to host Doral Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. That will be Clewiston’s last game of the regular season ahead of their playoff match against Cardinal Gibbons on Nov. 13. Cardinal Gibbons is currently undefeated and recently defeated the Doral Academy team coming to Clewiston 35-3.