Ontario Downs Lexington With Late Ralley
It wasn’t a great start to the season for first-year head coach Chris Miller and the Ontario football squad, but a late 4th quarter surge propelled the Warriors past cross-county rival Lexington on opening night.
The Minutemen struck early on the road to quiet a raucous crowd on hand at Niss Stadium with an 80-yard bomb from QB Jake Depperschmidt to fellow senior Josh Aiello that put Lex on top 7-0 just past the midway point of the opening frame. Both defenses would then take over for the next three quarters as neither squad was able to produce any points until the final five minutes.
Warriors senior RB Bryce Hill punched in a 1-yard score with just 4:10 to play to tie the game at 7-7 and ignited the home crowd. On the Minutemen’s ensuing possession, senior standout Cade Stover would fumble while crossing midfield and Ontario would recover with a chance to win the game.
A long run by senior QB Austin Ivy would set up a 3-yard game-winning touchdown run by senior FB Garrett Niss with just 39 seconds to play and the Warriors defense would hold on to secure a dramatic victory on opening night.
Next up for Ontario (1-0) is a Week 2 visit from Highland (0-1) while Lexington (0-1) will host Shelby (1-0).