This game ended with a total of 88 points being scored but just 6 were scored in the 1st quarter. Horizon went 3 and out to start the game and Pinnacle threw an INT, only to see Horizon fumble the ball right back and then Pinnacle ended up punting after a 70 yard TD was called back for holding.
Horizon scored first midway through the 1st quarter when junior Dalton Sneed hooked up with Luke Quinn on a TD pass. PAT was no good. 6-0 Horizon.
The Huskies extended that lead when Sneed found WR Spencer Marciniak after a 6 minute drive. PAT no good again. 12-0 Horizon.
Pinnacle finally got on the board when junior Brian Lewerke hit Cules Rose from 49 yards out. 12-7.
A facemask penalty on the TD was enforced on the kickoff and HC Dana Zupke elected to onside kick it. It paid off as Pinnacle recovered and took their first lead on a Lewerke to Daniel Galindo pass. 14-12.
The second half was much more wild with the teams combining for 7 scores.
Pinnacle jumped out to a 28-12 lead after Tyler Townsley returned the opening kickoff and Lewrke threw his third TD of the night, the second to Cules Rose.
Horizon responded with a 46 yard Sneed to Marciniak TD pass from 46 yards out to cut the lead to 28-18.
This was the theme of the second half as the two teams traded scores the rest of the way.
Pinnacle RB Jos Hoekstra rumbled in and Horizon responded on a Sneed to Jason McLaurin pass. Two point conversion good for the Huskies. 35-26 after 3.
Pinnacle answered with a Lewerke to Galindo 46 yard scoring strike, only to see Horizon answer on a Luke Quinn 10 yard TD run that was set up on a Marciniak reverse. 42-32.
Marciniak came up big again, intercepting Lewerke and on the 2nd play, Sneed hit Mark Robinson to make the score 42-39.
Pinnacle then had their biggest drive of the night. Lewerke converted on 4th and 1 on a short run. Hoekstra raced in from 31 yards out just to see the score get called back on a chop block penalty. But on the next play, Lewerke scrambled and found Mason Hatton for the night's final score.
Horizon had one last try but James Mandrola intercepted Sneed's pass.
Final Pinnacle 49 Horizon 39
What a great game. I said before the game this one would come down to who had the ball last and that was pretty accurate. A back and forth game. Both of these teams are good and can make noise in the playoffs.
There were a lot of great performances in this game but Pinnacle QB Brian Lewerke gets the game ball, throwing for an unofficial 500+ yards and 5 TDs.