Millwood was beaten. Or so it seemed.
Game tied. Bishop McGuinness' ball. Fourth-and-goal. One-yard line. Two seconds remaining.
It was in this seemingly hopeless situation that Falcons defensive tackle Bobby Wilkes came to linebacker Marc Robinson in tears and promised to open a gap.
“I said, ‘If you open it up for me, I promise you that I will block the field goal,'” Robinson said.
Wilkes did just that. He opened the hole, Robinson got his body in front of Will Thompson's low kick and sophomore Larry Lambeth scooped the ball up and ran it all the way back to give the Falcons an unbelievable 27-21 win Friday at Pribil Stadium.
“I was tired, but I sucked it up and ran it in,” Lambeth said.
“You've gotta play through adversity.”
The Falcons faced plenty of that on Friday — much of it self-inflicted.
In fact, McGuinness' three touchdown drives began at Millwood's 10-, 8- and 10-yard lines, respectively.
The first two were results of bad long snaps on punts. The last one, in the fourth quarter, happened after a Millwood fumble on a bad exchange.
After that Irish score, which left Millwood down 21-14, the Falcons went for it on a fourth-and-1 near midfield and were stuffed with 4:44 remaining.
But on the next play, Robinson sat back, picked off McGuinness quarterback Camden Tharp and returned it to the Irish 10-yard line to set up the tying score.
“We can't sit there and feel sorry for ourselves; we've just gotta keep playing,” Millwood coach Tony Henry said. “And it just shows a lot of character for those guys.”