By Cameron Van Til
Inglemoor quarterback Kolby Solomon rolled right and heaved a desperation pass toward the end zone.
Two Meadowdale players were in the vicinity, but it was Vikings receiver Luke Millman who came down with the jump ball before fighting his way across the goal line.
Holding a 28-21 lead with just over three minutes to play, Meadowdale pinned the Vikings deep in their own territory with a punt that rolled to the 10-yard line. Three plays later, with Inglemoor facing a fourth-and-six, the Mavericks had an opportunity to all but seal the game.
But in the second of three pivotal fourth-down conversions for the Vikings, Inglemoor receiver Kincaid Schmitt hauled in a pass from Solomon and made three Meadowdale defenders miss on a 53-yard catch-and-run, moving the ball to the Mavericks 33 with two minutes to play.
Then after Inglemoor converted another fourth down, a would-be Vikings touchdown was negated by an offensive pass-interference penalty, backing Inglemoor into second-and-25 from the Meadowdale 34 with 37 seconds to play.
Two plays later, Millman came down with Solomon’s desperation pass, cutting the deficit to 28-27 and sending the Vikings’ players and fans into pandemonium. Millman finished with six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.
On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Solomon rolled right and found Quentin Moore for the go-ahead score.
Solomon passed for three pivotal fourth-down conversions in the fourth quarter, including two that kept the game-winning drive alive. The other fourth-down conversion came earlier in the final quarter, when the sophomore quarterback found Trevor Thurman on a fourth-and-six slant for a 10-yard touchdown pass, giving Inglemoor a 21-20 lead.
Solomon completed 14 of 26 passes for 169 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also frustrated Meadowdale’s defense with his scrambling ability, rushing 10 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He broke four runs of at least 10 yards.
Jake Dick tallied on a 1-yard run in the first quarter for the Vikings and ran the ball 22 times for 94 yards.