The Chiefs devoted acquired loud after that and louder when Iroquois acquired the ball with 3:10 left on the Falcons’ 35. The Chiefs wanted simply 52 seconds to strike as Blake Nolan scored on a 1-yard run. He additionally punched within the 2-point conversion to make it 20-20.
The Falcons acquired inside the Iroquois 5 earlier than time ran out on its final possession of regulation.
Iroquois received the coin toss and opted to let the Falcons have the primary shot from 20 yards away. The Chiefs held them to nothing, giving themselves an opportunity at successful their first sectional title since 2004.
Iroquois’ offense shortly acquired to the Falcons’ 2 with three downs to get both a TD or subject aim for the win. Blitzing senior linebacker Mekhi Bridgers (9 tackles) led a defensive push that resulted in Nolan being tackled for a loss on second down after which restricted him to 2 yards on his subsequent speeding try, forcing Chiefs coach Rob Pitzonka to both go for it from the 1 or try a brief subject aim. He opted for the latter and it missed low because it appeared to hit a lineman.
Iroquois had possession to start out the second additional time however got here up empty.
“We got here up simply brief, I put it on my shoulders with the play name there,” Pitzonka mentioned. “I’ve acquired the best group of children I can coach.”
The Falcons didn’t when it had their likelihood to attain the walkoff, with seniors Darnell Grey and Isaiah Jean-Pierre clearing the best way for Vaughn.