Tyler Eifert and his Bishop Dwenger teammates had chipped away at a 24-6 third quarter deficit, and had the ball on the Fort Wayne Snider 22-yard line with 40 seconds remaining.
"I was in at tight end and I had man coverage and had the whole side to work with," the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Eifert said. "It was a post corner and my quarterback threw a perfect ball."
And Eifert came down with a terrific catch, capping off the No. 2 (4-A) Saints 27-24 comeback victory over No. 3 (5-A) Snider. The win gave Eifert and his teammates their third-straight SAC title.
"It was awesome," Eifert stated. He had five catches for 59 yards, and now has eight touchdowns on the season.
"We stayed positive the whole time. We never really got down on each other. We played together and we never really thought we were going to lose the game."
Bishop Dwenger improves to 8-0 on the season with only one game remaining before the state tournament.
"It tells a lot about our team," Eifert said of the win. "It will help us later in the playoffs when we have a tough game and we're losing, and we can think back to that game and know we came all the way back to win it. I think that will definitely help us out."
Eifert plans on attending both the Pittsburgh and Syracuse games remaining on Notre Dame's home schedule, and will use his official visit to South Bend the weekend of the team banquet. The only game he has missed in person this fall was the Stanford win.
***After Immaculata's 35-19 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan on Friday night, people told Theo Riddick that he made the game look easy.
Look at the box score and you can see why, as the 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back from Somerville, N.J. ran for 269 yards and four touchdowns, helping his team improve to 5-0 on the season.
"It wasn't necessarily easy, but from other people's perspective, they thought it was," Riddick said. "Overall, I think the line did a good job once we calmed down and got into our offense, everything started to come into play.
"We started off slow. We drove the ball well, but as a whole our chemistry didn't hold up in the beginning. As the game went on and we built confidence with our young line, everything began to come into play."
Riddick scored from five yards out early in the second quarter to give Immaculata a 14-7 lead. He later got loose for a 76-yard touchdown, as Immaculata took a 21-19 lead into the locker room.
"Once I see the seam, I'm gone," Riddick stated. "It's just that confidence that no one's going to catch me."
After scoring on a 12-yard run in the third quarter, Riddick found another seam and went 58 yards for a touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter.
"It always feels good to close out a game," Riddick said. "It was just relief. Once I closed the game out, now our team can breathe and kind of relax. Once we got that gap, I felt comfortable and all we had to do was secure the ball."
Bridgewater-Raritan (1-4) gave Immaculata all they wanted in the first half.
"A lot of teams look at us like we're Notre Dame in our conference," Riddick explained. "We can't overlook any team, and we know they're going to give us they're A game every week."
Here is a look at how the rest of Notre Dame's verbal commits played over the weekend.
***E.J. Banks: The 6-foot, 180-pound future Irish cornerback threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough, as Montour (4-3, 2-2) suffered a come-from-behind loss to Blackhawk, 32-28.
Banks had both touchdown passes in the first half, leading Montour to a 21-10 lead.
Banks came into the game ranked 25th in the WPIAL in rushing with 663 yards and nine touchdowns.
***Alex Bullard: The future Irish offensive lineman and his Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy teammates fell to Montgomery Bell Academy, 13-7. It was the sixth time in seven years that the Eagles (5-3) have lost to the Big Red.
***Carlo Calabrese: The future Irish linebacker had four catches for 66 yards, including a 15-yard scoring reception in Verona's (4-1) 22-7 victory over Boonton.
***Dan Fox: The future Irish linebacker helped the St. Ignatius (7-1) defense pitch a shutout, in a 50-0 blowout of Cincinnati LaSalle. The Wildcats have won seven games in a row, and are arguably the hottest team in the state of Ohio.
***Jake Golic: Northwest Catholic (3-2) won its third game in a row, a 26-0 victory over East Catholic on Saturday night. Golic had a 40-yard touchdown, helping the Eagles roll up 389 yards of total offense.
***Zach Martin: Martin and his Bishop Chatard teammates scored 28 first quarter points in the 36-7 rout of Northwest. Ranked No. 1 in Indiana's class 3-A poll, the Trojans (7-1) had two 100-yard rushers in the game, with Martin helping pave the way from his offensive tackle spot.
***Zeke Motta: The future Irish linebacker and the rest of the Vero Beach (Fla.) High defense limited Palm Beach Lakes to just seven first downs and 138 total yards in a 17-7 win. The Fighting Indians improved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the league.
***Nyshier Oliver: The future Irish receiver had nine carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns, in St. Peter's Prep's 35-0, rout of Union City. Oliver had scoring runs of three and five yards to help the Marauders improve to 3-2.
***Marlon Pollard: The future Notre Dame cornerback and his Cajon (4-1) teammates had a bye week this weekend.
***Tyler Stockton: The four-star defensive tackle is week-to-week after partially tearing his meniscus in last week's 34-6 win over Lawrenceville. Stockton didn't play in this weekend's 49-20 loss to Blair Academy. The Hun School fell to 3-2 with the loss, and Stockton will go to the doctor this week to find out if he can play in his team's final two games.
***Nicholas Tausch: Tausch kicked a 47-yard field goal and three extra points in Dallas Jesuit's 49-31 loss to Wylie. The Rangers dropped to 2-4 on the campaign.
***Ben Turk: The future Irish punter was only needed once in St. Thomas Aquinas' easy 55-0 victory over Cooper City. Turk's only punt was good for 37 yards, as the nation's top-ranked team improved to 5-0.
***Chris Watt: Glenbard West improved to 7-0 with a 35-0 victory over Downers Grove North. Irish Eyes was in the stands to watch the five-star Watt. The offensive lineman tweaked his ankle late in the second quarter, and only played the first half. Stay tuned for video of Watt's play in the first half, as well as video interviews with Watt and Glenbard West head coach Chad Hetlet on Monday.
***Cierre Wood: The five-star recruit took the opening kickoff 94 yards for a score, one of five touchdowns Wood had in Santa Clara's (5-0) 50-8 rout of Kilpatrick.
Wood rushed for 198 yards on just eight carries and had 314 all-purpose yards for the game. He has scoring runs of 75 yards, 53 yards and 32 yards. He also had a 12-yard touchdown reception and completed a pass for a two-point conversion.
For the season, Wood has 62 carries for 969 yards and 18 touchdowns, and Santa Clara has won 15 straight games dating back to last season.