Mt. Hebron won a wild game at Wilde Lake Friday night, 39-35, on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Sean Burke to Darnell Pratt Jr. with less than 20 seconds remaining.
"We knew we needed to get something real quick for the win, and I knew it was coming to me so I just had to make the play," said Pratt, a 6-foot-3 sophomore transfer from DeMatha. "I have confidence in (Burke). We've been working in practice so I knew we could get it … I saw there was a safety right there, but it was thrown perfectly so I just had to go up and get it."
Pratt finished with three catches for 110 yards, while Burke was 3/7 for 96 yards.
The Vikings (3-4) also got more than 220 rushing yards and three touchdowns from junior Brennen White.
"I was just seeing the lanes and running really hard, trying not to go down on first contact," said White, who credited Josh Bryant, Jacob Babcock, Brennen Fleming and Austin Day, among others, for giving him room to run. "They did a great job helping me get to the end zone three times."
Day and Matt Leone each blocked punts, both leading to touchdowns, including a 30-yard recovery by Stefen Chavis.
The Wildecats (2-5) had taken a 34-32 lead with less than a minute to play on a 21-yard scoring strike from Wyatt Oler to Shane Nelson.
Oler (13/25, 262 yards) threw three touchdown passes, and Nelson (5 catches, 150 yards) caught three touchdown passes, including a 76-yard bomb from Quez Bradley on a trick play.
Cuinn Mullins rushed for 40 yards and had a 37-yard reception. Malik Holland intercepted a pass in the end zone and had four catches for 87 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown. Ernie Fermin caught three passes for 66 yards.
The Vikings held Wilde Lake to less than 100 rushing yards, and set a season-high with their 39 points scored.
"I told our kids that to me it's still a single elimination tournament. Who knows?" Mt. Hebron coach Phil Zacharias said. "All the kids played hard, every one of them. I'm very happy for them and now we're going into our homecoming week (against Atholton) on the 50th anniversary of the school with a lot of positive vibes."
MH (3-4) 0 12 7 20 - 39
WL (2-5) 7 7 14 7 - 35
WL: Bradley 5 run (Oler kick), 3:20. [0-7]
MH: White 16 run (kick failed), 8:53. [6-7]
WL: Holland 30 pass from Oler (Oler kick), 4:41. [6-14]
MH: White 9 run (pass failed), 1:09. [12-14]
WL: Nelson 21 pass from Oler (Oler kick), 4:16. [12-21]
MH: Green 13 run (Humm kick), 1:44. [19-21]
WL: Nelson 76 pass from Bradley (Oler kick), :40. [19-28]
MH: Chavis 39 punt return (Humm kick), 9:15. [26-28]
MH: White 11 run (run failed), 2:41. [32-28]
WL: Nelson 21 pass from Oler (Oler kick), :50. [32-35]
MH: Pratt Jr. 81 pass from Burke (Humm kick), :17. [39-35]
Around the league
Howard 51, Centennial 0
Najee Savage rushed for five touchdowns and more than 100 yards, all in the first half.
Marriotts Ridge 12, Glenelg 7
Marriotts Ridge (4-3) stunned visiting Glenelg (4-3), 12-7, on Friday night.
Senior Eric Skogmo caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Poole right before halftime, and intercepted a pass in the end zone on fourth and goal from the 4-yard line to clinch the win.
Senior Asad Dar scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Mustangs on a 60-yard run midway through the second half.
Glenelg's only score came on a 5-yard run by Trey Davis in the first half.
"Our defense was outstanding and our offense did just enough to win," said coach Marcus Lewis, who credited defensive coordinator Joe McCullough for the game plan. "We've been talking about the playoffs from the first day. It was new to the kids but we told them if we play to win we can play with pretty much anybody."
Marriotts Ridge last defeated Glenelg in 2008.
Oakland Mills 50, Atholton 13
Reservoir 56, Long Reach 12
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