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Day 2013. These are things that are inexplicable.
People will try for years to explain how Holy Cross' Gerron Pendarvis happened to secure a tipped Joe Kalosky desperation pass with time expiring. They will try to describe how Wolcott gave the game
away and then had it won in a matter of seconds before the Hail
Eventually, everybody will appreciate just how amazing the entire cold proceeding was.
Holy Cross 39, Wolcott 38 thanks to some quick hands from Pendarvis.
"I have no clue how we won," Kalosky said. "It's just unbelievable. I don't even know how to explain it."
Bizarre occurrences are common in this rivalry. It would be hard to find another as bizarre as Thursday's.
Wolcott (7-4) raced out to a 26-6 lead. Early in the fourth
quarter, the Eagles were staring at a 33-32 deficit after Holy Cross (8-3) recovered a fumble and Kalosky soon found Trai Weaver for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
After a stalled Wolcott drive and then a Holy Cross punt that pinned Wolcott at its own 1-yard
line, the Eagles marched up the field much the way they had done all day. But a third-down pass from Vincent Gambino in Holy Cross territory was intercepted by Bryan Burnette.
It seemed like the end for Wolcott.
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Burnette fumbled the return away and Gambino came up with the ball, returning it to the Holy Cross 35. On second-and-goal, Gambino scrambled for his life and somehow found Philip Lebel in the back
corner of the end zone with 34 seconds to play, giving the Eagles a 38-33 lead.
"I ran off the field shaking everyone's hands," said Wolcott running back
JoeLynch, who rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns against the team he won a state championship with before transferring to Wolcott. "I was pretty happy. I thought we could finish it off.
It didn't happen."
A short kick allowed Holy Cross to start at its 45. With about 10 seconds to play, Kalosky heaved one toward the end zone. The ball was tipped and fell right into the ends of a trailing Pendarvis,
who was standing in the end zone. With four-tenths of a second on the clock, a Holy Cross team that had been dominated for much of the day had a victory in its hands.
All the Crusaders needed was a solid tackle on the kickoff and they got it from Burnette.
"I'm very disappointed," Lynch said "To put everything on the field and have it end like that, I'm at a loss for words."
He's among many.
Wolcott rolled up 613 offensive yards. At the half, Wolcott had 348 yards, Holy Cross just 93, and Wolcott still held just a 26-20 lead. The Eagles allowed a 67-yard touchdown run by Weaver two plays
after taking a 6-0 lead. After Lynch barreled in from 4 yards out to give the Eagles a 26-6 lead, Jordan Perry returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a score.
Wolcott had every opportunity to bury the Crusaders but just couldn't do it.
"It seems like we just couldn't put them away," Wolcott coach Jason Pace said. "We had momentum, we just couldn't put them away. Give them a lot of credit. Their team fought back. They played hard.
We just couldn't finish it."
Midway through the third quarter, Wolcott took a 32-20 lead on another Lynch run. Holy Cross countered on its first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive with Andrew Bialoglowy going 80 yards down
the left sideline for a touchdown.
Holy Cross hung around long enough to run its Big Ben play at the end.
"You hope for a tip and a grab," Kalosky said. "We always say, 'Believe' before we run that play. We ran it against Derby and it didn't work. We ran it here and it worked."
And nobody can explain how.