Fennville quarterback Matthew Sanchez (left) looks for an open receiver. (Photo by Jessica Sanchez)

Fennville posts dramatic win over Lawton

Jason Wesseldyk

With the Fennville football team playing the last two games of the season on the road, the Friday, Oct. 5, contest with Lawton marked the final time the seniors on the roster would play on their home field.
It’s a game they won’t soon forget.
Trailing 28-18 midway through the fourth quarter, the Blackhawks rallied for a pair of touchdowns in the final six minutes and Jace Cossey came up with a big defensive play in the waning seconds to give Fennville the 32-28 win.
The victory was the third in a row for Fennville after starting the season with four losses. It also keeps the Blackhawks tied atop the SAC Lakeshore standings alongside Saugatuck at 3-0.
“This was one for the ages,” Fennville coach Brian Sackett said. “You couldn’t write a better script for our seniors.
“The mantra for the night was to leave it all on the field for the seniors and they did just that. It was definitely one that they’ll remember forever.”
The first of the two fourth-quarter touchdowns for Fennville covered 85 yards and took less than a minute off the clock. A 60-yard pass from Matthew Sanchez to Austin Lewis set up the rushing TD from Sanchez.
The Fennville defense then came up with a big stop on fourth down on the ensuing Lawton possession, giving the Blackhawks the ball at their own 6-yard line with 1:20 remaining.
That was more then enough time for Sanchez, who guided Fennville on a 94-yard scoring drive that culminated with a 20-yard scoring pass to Lewis on a fourth-and-five situation with 26 seconds remaining.
“We put together a great drive,” Sackett said.
But it wasn’t time for Fennville to celebrate just yet, as Lawton completed a pair of passes to put themselves in position to score.
That’s when Cossey stepped up with the defensive play of the game, coming up with an interception with at the Fennville 12-yard line with four seconds remaining.
“Lawton had us on our heels a little bit, but we held on,” Sackett said. “The defense was on the field a lot in the second half and just kept battling.”
Fennville jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the opening quarter before Lawton ran off 28 straight points to take the 28-18 lead and set up the dramatic finish.
Sanchez finished with 263 passing yards and a pair of TDs, while Lewis had six catches for 129 yards. Justin Schut added a 13-yard scoring catch.
Adam Lavery led the ground attack with 80 yards and a touchdown. Diamante Echavarria also had a 10-yard scoring run.
“I was proud of our guys for finishing strong in the last home game for the seniors,” Sackett said.


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