RISING STAR: Alex Schremmer

GREAT BEND, Kan. The moment the game ended, the game already gained a nickname. The miracle on Morton.

Great Bend Panther #2 Alex Schremmer comes down with the ball to score a touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter. 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)

A comeback win for the ages. Great Bend beat Andover 13-10 to open their season last Friday.

"It was kind of a miraculous ending, we probably got outplayed for 47 minutes in that football game," admitted Great Bend Head Coach Erin Beck.

The Panthers went 47 minutes without a score, and down 8 points following a safety, Great Bend turned to its senior standout receiver, Alex Schremmer.

“Our defense really gave us a shot during that game, and we were just trying to take the most out of it and try to go win the game,” Schremmer recalled.

On a hail mary, Schremmer, who has an offer from Fort Hays State, faced double coverage, beat it, making perhaps the catch of his career.

"I don't really remember it much, it was kind of all a blur that happened,” Schremmer said. “I just needed to track the ball down. I didn’t even realize how many guys were around me, just that I needed to go up and catch the ball.”

“He's a very talented football player, and a competitor,” Coach Beck said at practice this week. “He just doesn't give up, when the ball is in the air, he's gonna try to go get that thing."

Not just that crazy catch either, Schremmer also caught the 2-point conversion that sent the game to overtime, and the Panthers got the win on a field goal.

Coach Beck says Schremmer is doing more than just impress on the field in his senior year.

"He's having to take more of a leadership role this year,” Beck explained. “I think he wore it well. 1st half we were struggling--not only him personally but as an offense, so I heard him in the locker room telling people we gotta go, we gotta keep plugging away.”