GREAT BEND, Kan. - The Great Bend Panthers capped an unprecedented last-minute comeback with an Overtime field goal to defeat the Andover Trojans by a score of 13 to 10.
Great Bend Panther #2 Alex Schremmer celebrates tying up the game at 10-points all. The Great Bend Panthers came from behind to defeat the Andover Trojans 13 to 10 in Overtime in a Week 1 matchup at Memorial Stadium in Great Bend, Kansas on September 6, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The two teams met up in the first week of the football season.
Andover won the coin toss but deferred to the second half. Great Bend took the ball but could not convert with it.
The Trojans took over and faced a fourth and eight to go. Andover Quarterback Eli Fahnestock rolled to his right and found an open Justin Drummond. Drummond ran the ball in for a 37-yard touchdown. After a successful PAT, Andover led 7 to 0.
Great Bend tried to get something going offensively in the first half. They kept tripping up and having at least one play for a loss per series.
The Great Bend defense kept rising to the occasion to keep their side in the game. They recorded two turnovers in the half. Both came from stripping the ball from receivers after the catch.
After going back and forth between the two offenses in the time since the Trojan touchdown, Andover took over the ball with less than a minute to go in the half. They made it down to the 32-yard line with three seconds left in the half.
David Kemp took to the field and made the 49-yard field goal as the clock expired for the half. Andover would take a 10 to 0 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter kept up the same pace as the first half, a back-and-forth struggle between the two sides.
David Kemp attempted a 27-yard field goal, but he missed it.
Things got far more interesting in the fourth quarter.
One could feel the momentum starting to swing towards Great Bend. They had multiple opportunities that got close to the endzone.
The closest came with under three minutes to go in the game. For three plays in a row, Great Bend faced less than a yard to go to score. They could not get the ball across the line to score.
Andover took over on downs with a little more than two minutes left. They took more than a minute off the clock, but they could not advance the ball far away from the end zone they defended.
On fourth down, Eli Fahnestock took the ball to punt it. A Great Bend player got his hand on it. The scramble was on to get the ball. Fahnestock knocked the ball out of the end zone for a Safety.
Great Bend took the ball back with 54 seconds left on the clock. They needed eight points and had approximately fifty yards to go.
The Panthers made it to the Andover 44-yard line. On fourth down, Dalton Miller heaved the ball down the field to his best receiver, Alex Schremmer. Schremmer was on the edge of the end zone in triple coverage. Somehow, he pulled in the ball as he fell to the turf as the clock turned to all zeros.
Andover 10, Great Bend 8.
The Panthers then lined up for a two-point conversion. They needed this to force Overtime.
Miller again found Schremmer. This time the senior receiver was wide open and easily pulled the ball in to tie the game up at 10-points all.
The game now went to Overtime.
Andover would go first from the 10-yard line. They could not convert and on fourth down called upon David Kemp again to attempt a field goal from 22-yards out. He missed wide by inches.
Great Bend took over on the 10-yard line. Like Andover, they could not convert and turned to their kicker on fourth down.
Sophomore Angel Razo stepped onto the field for the first time ever to kick a field goal. Andover called a timeout to try and ice him.
It did not work. He made the 26-yard field goal and secured the victory for his team.
This made it five years in a row that Great Bend has won their season-opening game.
"We killed ourselves this game. We gave up two twenty-yard plays with turnovers," said Andover Head Coach Cade Armstrong. "Some of this is week one stuff. We've got a good team that fights and we are going to get back to work."
"It feels a little like we got away with murder with this one. Being able to rely so heavily on a defense that was flying around all night," said Great Bend Head Coach Erin Beck. "Offensively execution was not there tonight.
"This win is a testament to this team. They've developed a winners mentality. They never gave up."
Fans have taken to calling the game the "Miracle on Morton" after the name of the street that Great Bend High School sits on.
Andover will have their first home game next week against Maize South.
Great Bend will go on the road to face long-time rival Hays.