By JEREMY HALL
MT. VERNON — It was a game of firsts for Cahokia during its visit to Mt. Vernon on Friday, but the one at the end made all of the others worthwhile.
The Comanches trailed for the first time this season and played a fourth quarter with their starters on the field for the first time in winning 33-29 and giving current Cahokia players their first outright South Seven Conference championship.
The Comanches needed to move the ball 80 yards in 27 seconds to win the game. After Mt. Vernon scored on a one-yard plunge into the endzone by quarterback James Mulvaney, and an extra-point kick by Mike Swinnen, the Rams gripped a 29-25 lead.
Mt. Vernon’s Josh Sears then kicked the ball through the uprights to give Cahokia the ball at its own 20-yard line with no timeouts and 26.9 seconds showing on the clock.
From there, Comanches quarterback Patrick Ivy completed a 50-yard pass to Donald Collier and a 14-yard pass to Brandon Beckner to give Cahokia a first-and-10 at the Rams’ 13 with 19 seconds remaining. Ivy then hit Jimmie Hunt across the middle and Hunt raced into the endzone to give the Comanches the lead for good. The play was the fifth lead change of the second half.
“It’s a conference championship,” said Cahokia coach Antwyne Golliday, whose team clinched the league title by improving to 4-0 in the South Seven and 7-0 overall. “What do you expect?”
The Comanches’ win snapped a four-game win streak by the Rams (4-3, 3-1) and halted a string of nine straight Mt. Vernon victories in South Seven Conference contests.
The Comanches also won against the last team to defeat them, as Mt. Vernon handed Cahokia two of its three on-field losses a year ago and ended the Comanches’ season in the first round of the playoffs.
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