Hermann Bearcats slip by St. Clair in final 17 seconds, 26-22
By staff writer
Few wins have been bigger for the Hermann Bearcats in recent years than their thrilling victory over St. Clair last Friday night at Bearcat Memorial Stadium.
Saige Hale picked up a fumble in the endzone with 17 seconds left, and the Bearcats held on for a 26-22 Four Rivers Conference win over the Bulldogs, who had won the last five meetings with Hermann.
Quarterback Craig Winkelmann, who was attempting to sneak into the endzone from the 2-yard line behind the blocking of right tackle Zach Speckhals, lost the ball on the goal line and it fell forward at Hale’s feet. Hale, who was standing in the endzone, picked it up and showed the ball to the referee, who signaled a touchdown.
“It was the biggest win since I’ve been here,” said Coach Andy Emmons of the Bearcats. It was the first time Hermann has defeated St. Clair since 2007. Emmons returned to his alma mater as assistant coach in 2008, and is in his second season as head coach.
Hermann, 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference, have two big road games left in the regular season, at Pacific this Friday night, and at Union on Oct. 25. The Bearcats are tied for second place in the FRC, with only Sullivan ahead of them.
Winkelmann and Hale both rushed for over 100 yards, while the Bearcats’ defense had many standouts.
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