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Williams Field ends wild night with overtime win to stay unbeaten

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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012 11:34 pm

A potentially crushing interception was in Jeddediah Fagg's past; out of sight but not out of mind.

He knew it was going to be OK.

The Williams Field quarterback threw a pick-six against Campo Verde and the Black Hawks still won in Week 3. The Black Hawks trailed most of the night against Tucson Canyon del Oro in Week 4 and pulled out the win.

It happened again.

Poston Butte did all it could - and then some - against the undefeated Black Hawks, but Williams Field drove the length of the field for a touchdown at the end of regulation, then won, 32-29, in overtime on Sean Schweichler's third touchdown run of the night.

The win sets up another bit matchup of undefeateds next week to conclude the regular season between Williams Field (No. 3 in Division III power rankings) and Queen Creek (No. 4 in Div. III). Poston Butte, meanwhile, saw another of its top running backs go down to injury in scary fashion, and could have leaped into a playoff spot with a win.

But Williams Field, which found plenty of mistakes, turnovers, penalties and defensive struggles to lament, and lost a couple linebackers in-game to injuries, still sits undefeated.

"Good teams find a way to pull it out," Black Hawks coach Steve Campbell said. "(Struggles) happen and when things turned south, there was no panicking or bickering on the sidelines."

Scary times occurred with 11 minutes left in regulation when Poston Butte running back Dante Romero hit the ground hard after being tackled and didn't get up.

A 30-minute delay ensued as both teams' medical staff and the EMT arrived to tend to Romero. He was eventually taken off on a stretcher as a precaution.

Poston Butte coach Mike De La Torre said after the game the initial prognosis was a concussion, but no internal bleeding and that Romero could move his arms and legs.

When play resumed, the Broncos held a 26-20 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the effective running game put on by the Broncos most of the night couldn't get going again.

Fagg's interception on a deep pass with seven minutes left led to French's 39-yard run into Williams Field territory, but the drive stalled and Poston Butte (4-5) was forced to punt, which downed Williams Field at the Black Hawks' 12-yard line with 2:42 left in regulation.

That's when Fagg and Jordan Johnson (who returned from injury a couple weeks ago) connected five times on 10- and 12-yard routes against soft coverage. Without Cole Forsgren still out because of injury, Johnson had 13 catches for 165 yards.

"They were just leaving him open," Fagg said.

Fagg nearly had two other passed picked off by Poston Butte, but came back and hit Brady Alexander for the game-tying touchdown from 13 yards out with 44 seconds left in regulation. Poston Butte's second PAT block of the night forced overtime.

"I threw that (interception) and I said to everyone I was going to win the game for us, the whole entire time we were down," Fagg said. "I believe in this team."

Williams Field's defense sent the Broncos backwards on the first overtime possession from the 10-yard line, but Kai Cambra hit a 37-yard field goal.

"This is when they needed to make a play and they did," Campbell said of his defense.

On Williams Field's first play, Schweichler found a bit of redemption himself after an earlier fumble, ran up the middle and made a cut to score from 10 yards out to end the game.

"We knew he'd get it done when it really counted," Fagg said.

Coupled with a one-point loss to Tempe early in the season in the final seconds, the Broncos lost twice this season by these slimmest of situations. That doesn't include the injuries or the dozen penalties on the night.

Instead, the 300 yards passing by quarterback Robert Herrera, the 143 yards rushing by Dustin French, two blocked PATs and three forced turnovers by the defense wasn't enough.

"It's been the name of the game for us this season," De La Torre said. "Last year these types of games went our way."

A win against Apache Junction next week would let Poston Butte turn in its uniforms with a half-smile. A win against Queen Creek and two home games for the upcoming playoffs would make Williams Field giddy.

It's about to get steamy in the Southeast Valley.

"It's going to be a tough one," Fagg said.

Williams Field 32, Poston Butte 29 (OT)

Poston Butte   6   13   7   0   3 -- 29

Williams Field   7    7   6   6   6 -- 32

First Downs: PB 15, WF 17

Rushing: PB 36-212, WF 29-156

Passing: PB 13-19-300-0, WF 19-32-233-1

Penalties: PB 11-105, WF 5-60

Fumbles: PB 2-1, WF 2-2

PB: Romero 1 run (kick failed)

WF: Schweichler 15 run (Gregson kick)

PB: Owens 55 pass from Herrera (pass failed)

PB: Romero 19 run (Cambra kick)

WF: Velasquez 1 run (Gregson kick)

PB: Davis 53 pass from Herrera (Cambra kick)

WF: Schweichler 25 run (kick blocked)

WF: Alexander 19 pass from Fagg (kick blocked)

PB: Cambra 37 FG

WF: Schweichler 10 run

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