Livingston Pulls Out Last-Minute 48-42 Comeback Win Over York

The Livingston Academy Wildcats found another way to win after being down 6 points and the clock running down, as LA backup quarterback Logan Clark hit tight end Garrison Padgett for an 11-yard touchdown strike with 21 seconds to play to give “Hogeye” a 48-42 win over visiting York Institute on Friday, September 25.

The game, which lasted more than three hours and fifteen minutes, saw the teams combine for more than 750 yards of offense, score 90 points, 37 first downs, 8 turnovers and commit 19 penalties.

Livingston took little time getting on the board, as they took only 3 plays to score, as quarterback Carter Hayes broke loose for a 46-yard gain to the York 23 and took it in on his second carry of the night, with Lucas Walker booting the conversion to put the Wildcats up 7-0 with only 1:05 gone off the clock.

YAI came right back with a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Ethan Probst got the Dragons on the board, capping the drive with a 8-yard run to make it 7-6 after the two-point conversion failed.  Probst, who was York’s leading rusher with 89 yards on 27 carries and 2 touchdowns, accounted for 42 yards of this scoring drive.

The Dragons held the Wildcats to minus yards on their next possession, but the Wildcat defense held York on their next possession and got good field possession at their 47 when the Dragons gambled on a 4th down pass play which fell incomplete.

This possession resulted in a Wildcat touchdown on the final play of the opening period when Logan Clark connected with Padgett on a 44-yard pass play to take a 14-7 advantage.

After holding the Dragons to minus yardage on their next possession,  LA  put together another quick scoring drive going 67 yards in five plays, taking only 1:45 off the clock. After  Clark scrambled 33-yard run to the York 8, Dylan Linder took it in to make it 21-6, for the only two-touchdown lead of the night.

York’s Heath Rexroat closed the gap back to a single score when he took the ensuing kick cut back across the field, and outran the coverage for an  88 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 21-12 with 8:34 to play in the half. Rexroat had to leave the game late with a knee injury.

The Dragons were successful with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, setting up a quick 7-play, 50-yard scoring drive which was capped by a 1-yard run by York quarterback Mason Cravens.  The big play in this drive was a 44-yard pass from Mason Cravens to brother Dylan Cravens to set up the score and cut the lead to 21-18 after the point-after pass attempt failed.

York was again successful  with yet another onside kick that was fumbled by LA and recovered by the Dragons, but this time had to punt it away,

On the first play, Hayes went 77 yards for a score which was erased due to a procedure penalty, but the quick and talented  sophomore came back two plays later to take it in from 74 yards to increase the Wildcat lead to 28-18.

The Dragons appeared to have another drive going, as they began play at their own 32, but quickly moved into Livingston territory to the Wildcat 22 on carries of 37 and 9 yards by Heath Rexroat.  Facing a 4th and 8 from the 17, Cravens connected with Austin Bertram for a first down at the LA 2, when a bank of lights went out on the northeast side of the field.  After a short delay the teams went to the other end of the field, but the Dragons appeared to have lost their momentum, losing ground back to the 13, and on a 3rd and goal, a Cravens pass was picked off by Dylan Linder with 8 seconds left in the half.

After the lights were repaired during halftime, the second half opened with the Dragons putting togethera 7-play57-yard scoring drive.  Both Cole Lattanzi and Ethan Probst had big gains of 25 and 22 yards, respectively, to set up the score, which came when. Probst took it in from a yard out and Cravens ran the two-pointer to cut the lead to 28-26.

A gutsy 4th down and 7  attempt from the Livingston 32 which came up a yard short seemed to give the Wildcats a shot of momentum, as it only took two plays to get back on the scoreboard when Linder took it into make it 34-26, but the PAT sailed wide for the first time for Lucas Walker.

The Dragon defense then rose to the occasion, as Dylan Cravens picked off a Clark pass and took it in from 35 yards out, with Cole Lattanzi rush for the two -point conversion to knot the game at 34.

Livingston answered quickly, however, as Peter Hollars returned Probst’s kickoff 76 yards to put the Wildcats up 40-34 after Cole Brown blocked the PAT attempt.

As they had done all night long, the Dragons came rto put together an 82 yard, 13 play drive  to tie it at 40-40 on a 5-yard carry by Cravens.

The Dragons then lined up in a kicking formation for the exptra point, but Cravens, the holder, took the snap, stood up, and hit a wide-open Dylan Cravens for the 2-point conversion to take a 42-40 advantage, their first lead of the game, with just over 3 minutes left to play.

LA started the next series at its own 45, but after two downs, faced a 3rd and 8 at the at their own 47, the got new life when York was flagged for a personal foul penalty, giving the Wildcats a first down at the York 39 with 1:29 left.

Again faced with a 3rd and 16, after Trent Hancock had sacked Clark for a 6-yard loss, Linder picked up a big first down as he ran it up the middle on a draw play to the York 21 and then picked up another 10 yards to the 11 for a first down with 24 seconds to play.

After taking a time out, Clark went back to Padget on the same play that had scored earlier to give LA the lead with 21 seconds left, and Hayes passed to Hollard for the 2-point conversion to give the Wildcats ta 48-42 lead.

York’s final final possession came with only 17 seconds on the clock, and attempting to go lone, Probst’s halfback pass was intercepted by Livingston’s Peter Hollars to seal the win for the Wildcats.

Livingston’s Dylan Linder went over 1,000 yards for the year as he picked up 63 yards on 18 carries and two scores. Hayes had 141 on seven tries and two touchdowns.

On the defense, Livingston’s Jawayne Robinson recorded 22 tackles in the contest. Ethan Hammock had 16 with 14 of those unassisted. Linder had 12 stops two sacks, three tackles for loss and an interception.

Heath Rexroat led York in all-purpose yards with 12 carries for 60 yards, and 88 return yards for a touchdown.

Cole Lattanzi, Ross Wright, and Davis Hendricks paced the Dragon defense with 8 tackles each, with Lattanzi also accounting for 68 yards rushing on 6 carries.

Mason Cravens had 27 carries for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. and was 5 of 14 passes for 52 yards.

YAI (1-5) was able to gain 354 yards with 275 of that on the ground. The Dragons ran 79 plays to 44 for Livingston. Probst had 89 yards and two scores to lead the Dragons.

Both teams are in region play this week as LA will host East Hamilton in their final home game of the season and  York returns to the Dragon Pit to face Upperman at 7 p.m.­

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