VERMILLION (AP) — Kole Beeson scored on a 38-yard pass with 1:08 to play as Avon came from behind to beat Hamlin 24-22 in the state 9B championship game Friday.
Logan Mudder found Beeson, who weaved his way down the sideline to tie the game. Devin Tolsma’s conversion run provided the game-winning points as the Pirates (12-0) claimed their fifth state championship.
Cody Namminga’s interception sealed the win.
Hamlin (11-1) took a 22-8 halftime lead on two touchdowns by Ryder Grantham and a TD pass from Brody Grantham to Austin Niemann. But the Chargers failed on one conversion pass, leaving the door open for Avon.
Brody Grantham ran for 154 yards and a score and threw for two scores. Ryder Grantham had 48 yards receiving.
Brandon Kocmich led Avon with 99 yards rushing and Tolsma added 94. Each had a touchdown and Kocmich had 42 yards receiving.
Hamlin had 330 total yards. Avon finished with 306.
Avon 8 0 8 8 — 24
Hamlin 8 14 0 0 — 22
AVN — Tolsma 20 run (Mudder run), 9:16.
HAM — Niemann 25 pass from B. Grantham (B. Grantham run), 4:27.
HAM — R. Grantham 10 pass from B. Grantham (pass failed), 7:51.
HAM — R. Grantham 12 run (Grantham run), :41.
AVN — Kocmich 8 run (Kocmich run), 7:09.
AVN — Beeson 38 pass from Mudder (Tolsma run), 1:08.For the complete article see the 11-16-2013 issue.
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