Millard South needed one final play against Elkhorn South to preserve its fifth victory of the 2018 season.
With two seconds remaining, trailing 28-21, Elkhorn South quarterback Elliott Brown rolled left to escape the Patriot rush. His pass to the front corner of the endzone failed to find a Storm receiver and sailed out of bounds.
The final play was preceded by a high snap over Brown’s head. Elkhorn South had driven to Millard South’s two-yard line with seven seconds remaining before the errant shotgun snap. It appeared that the game clock had expired on the play, but referee Dan Flynn awarded Elkhorn South its final timeout and put two seconds back on the game clock.
The final possession began with 4:21 remaining in regulation. Elkhorn South’s prior possession ended when Brown threw a fourth-down interception to Millard South’s Tyson Gerdes with 6:28 left in regulation.
Millard South’s Isaiah Harris opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown that ultimately won the game. Harris’s 20-yard scoot was his third of the evening, part of a 17-carry, 147-yard MVP performance.
Harris scored twice in the second quarter, the first a magnificent 64-yard foot race that broke a 7-7 tie. His second came just before the half to give Millard South a 21-14 lead at the break.
Elkhorn South’s Cooper Jewett opened the second quarter with a four-yard dash around the left end to make it 7-7. It was Jewett’s only touchdown of the game, in which he racked up 27 touches for 157 total yards.
Following Harris’s 64-yard runaway, Elkhorn South marched to a score, punctuated by a Brown touchdown run from 8 yards out.
Brown’s 15-yard toss to Guy Hunt with five seconds gone in the fourth quarter tied the game at 21. Millard South’s TJ Urban had a touchdown pass of his own in the first quarter, a 27-yard strike to Gerdes that put the Patriots up 7-0.
Millard South improves to 5-1, its best start since 2009. Elkhorn South, in its first season as a Class A team, falls to 4-2.
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