By the time it was over, though Cornwell had been plenty effective, completing 11 of 16 for 122 yards in the first half, Kolar had been even more effective, completing 8 of 12 for 146.
“Ever since David came in, people have been telling me you’ve always got to be ready,” said Kolar, who led North on a run of 24 unanswered points to end the game. “Injuries can happen to anybody. I tell myself that every week and this week it (happened).”
The T-Wolves got a little help from the Millers, who turned the ball over on downs, going for it on fourth-and-4 at the North 47.
Quan Hogan got the ensuing drive going with a 32-yard run and soon Payton Prince was in the end zone with his second touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Then Yukon (3-2, 1-1) acted like the last thing North would ever try was an onside kick with 5:30 remaining, but Adam Cooper kicked it, the T-Wolves recovered and, with 1:38 to play, just moments after Sipe had lay prone for so long, Prince went in for his third touchdown on a 1-yard run with 1:38 remaining.
Finally, North forced Yukon’s first punt of the night with 52 seconds remaining.
Basquine, who’d scored North’s first touchdown on a highlight-reel 39-yard run, and who finished with 152 receiving yards, turned in his final big play of the night, pulling down a Kolar offering for a 44-yard gain, setting up Edzards in the process.
Standley might have pulled himself together by the time he hit the North locker room, but spoke in halting and emotional tones on his way there.
“Those guys play with all their heart and all their soul and just show a tremendous amount of character,” he said. “It’s about the T-Wolves man … They don’t play for the name on the back of the jersey. They play for the name on the front.”
Friday night in Yukon, they played to win. Against all odds, they pulled it off.
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