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McGill-Toolen got the stop it needed.
Facing fourth-and-2 with just over a minute to play, West Monroe—left with just one timeout—needed to move the chains to stay alive. Fail to convert and the Yellow Jackets would get the football back needing only to kneel three times.
Instead, the Jackets handed the ball to CJ Evans on second down—following the Rebels final timeout—and Evans, who'd performed admirably to that point, lost the handle.
Senior defensive tackle Ethan Swanner ripped the football out of Evans' left arm, springing it end over end into the air—and directly into the cradle of Colton Harvey, who raced 45 yards to the house, inexplicably tying the game with 54 seconds left.
McT went three-and-out on its next possession and the game went into overtime. There, West Monroe quarterback Garrett Kahmann plunged in from a yard out on the period's first possession and, just like that, a team that was dead in the water just minutes earlier was celebrating a go-ahead score.
With the ball, needing a score to push the game into a second overtime, McGill-Toolen looked to have received a break when pass interference in the end zone was called on West Monroe—a penalty that should result in an automatic first down.
Instead, the ball was moved to the three-yard line, but the down was counted. Two plays later, the game was over, as Sheldon Layman's fourth down pass was broken up in the end zone: West Monroe 31, McGill Toolen 24.
For the game, West Monroe held the McGill-Toolen offense to just 211 total yards and sacked Layman five times.
Rebels running back Cameron Wright led the way offensively, netting 88 yards on 26 carries. Kahmann added 56 yards on 18 carries, while completing 6-of-12 passes for 158 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.