Quarterback Evan Herbig came up clutch in the final seconds in Mukwonago’s 36-35 win over state power Arrowhead on Friday night. Herbig threw a game-winning touchdown pass and successful two-point conversion with three seconds left to push Mukwonago to the next round of the WIAA playoffs.
Herbig started off the scoring with a 16-yard run to give Mukwonago the lead with 9:08 remaining in the first quarter. Arrowhead’s Alijah Maher-Parr responded with a two-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game.
Both teams scored in the last minute of the first half as Wynn Stang had a rushing touchdown for Mukwonago, while Arrowhead’s Charlie Smith connected with Andrew Weske for a 19-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14 with two seconds remaining in the half.
Maher-Parr and Stang both had rushing touchdowns in the third quarter as the game remained tied at 21 going into the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Smith connected with Weske on a 13-yard touchdown pass to regain a 28-21 lead before Stang added on his third rushing touchdown with 3:44 to go to tie the game.
With 96 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Maher-Parr responded for Arrowhead with a 41-yard score for his third touchdown of the game. With just three seconds remaining in the game, Herbig hit Jayson Hoppe on a nine-yard touchdown pass with a successful two point connection with Jake Adams to get the win.
Herbig threw for 118 yards on 13-for-16 passing for Mukwonago. Mukwonago ran for 251 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
Maher-Parr led the way for Arrowhead with 255 yards rushing on 35 carries, while Smith led the passing attack with 91 yards and two touchdowns.
With the win, Mukwonago advances to level three playoff action against Muskego on Friday night.
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