Final play touchdown by Cards downs EPPJ 46 to 40 in thriller

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Taylor Beckman reaches high to snare a pass. He gained 18 yards on the play. Courtesy photo.

ELGIN — On a night where leads and momentum switched back and forth like a pendulum, O’Neill St. Mary’s (7-1) came away with a 46 to 40 victory in an epic battle of NVC teams headed to the state playoffs.

Freshman Gage Hedstrom tossed a seven-yard pass which Isaac Everitt caught between two Wolfpack defenders in the end zone as time expired to give the Cardinals the victory.

It was a battle which saw players from both sides step up to make play after play to give their team a chance to win.

The Wolfpack (6-2), playing without starters Jack Wemhoff and Paiton Hoefer due to season-ending injuries, got a career night from senior tailback Cale Kinney. To read the full story, turn to this week’s Elgin Review.

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The Wolfpack defense swarmed to the ball all night against St. Mary’s. Here, Nick Anderson (15) and Cale Kinney (21) close in on a Cardinal ball carrier to make a tackle. Courtesy photo.
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Dylon Lueking looks to break a tackle against the Cardinals’ defense. Courtesy photo.