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Evans' 66-yard TD stuns Cary-Grove as Prairie Ridge moves on

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By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent

Prairie Ridge football coach Chris Schremp knew exactly what play to call for the situation.

With time expiring, Schremp called on his all-state quarterback Samson Evans to make a play and the Wolves' 4-year standout delivered the game-winning score.

The Iowa-bound Evans scooted 66 yards for a touchdown with 7.8 seconds left in the contest to give the top-seeded and defending state champion Wolves an exhilarating come-from-behind 17-13 win over No. 9 seed Cary-Grove in Class 6A second round action in Cary Saturday.

The Wolves (11-0), winners of 25 straight, will host No. 4 Willowbrook in next week's quarterfinals. Willowbrook knocked off DeKalb 29-10 Saturday.

The Trojans complete the 2017 season with a 7-4 mark.

"We used the quarterback counter in the state championship game (last season) and it turned the game around," said Schremp. "We had the best player (Evans) on the field and the best lineman (Jeff Jenkins) on the field. I thought it was a play we could score on. There is a reason Samson and Jeff are going to Iowa. "

Evans knew he had to make a big play.

"It was a designed run and I knew it could work because it did last year," said Evans. "I didn't have much time to work with. The blocking was phenomenal on the play. The offensive line executed the play perfectly. Give Cary-Grove credit their defense was phenomenal all day."

The upset-minded Trojans seemed to be in good shape when split end Ben Ferrell scored on a 22-yard TD on a reverse with 59 seconds remaining to give C-G a 13-10 advantage.

The go-ahead score was set up by a 30-yard pass completion from Quinn Priester to Max Skol.

"A great play by Ben and a great catch by Max to set up the touchdown," said Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg, whose team lost to PR 7-6 in the season opener. "What can you say about Samson? Everybody in the state knows he is a great player. They (the Wolves) are a vastly superior team to us but our kids battled. Our defense was outstanding. We matched their physicality. We have a team of warriors. We have a number of kids who battled through injuries and will need surgery. We fought through a lot of a adversity. I am very proud of these kids."

Evans, who toted the ball 28 times for 186 yards, got the Wolves on the scoreboard with a 27-yard run with 7:20 remaining in the first quarter.

The Wolves grabbed a 10-0 lead on a 42-yard field goal by Kyle Koelblinger with 11:08 left in the first half.

The Trojans cut the deficit to 10-, on a 14-yard TD run by David Daigle at the 8:22 mark of the second quarter. Daigle's score was set up by a 46-yard reception by Ferrell.

Skol, a 3-year starter, earned 53 yards on 17 carries.

Priester completed 4-of-8 passes for 107 yards. Ferrell collected 3 catches for 107 yards.

"We were down 10-0 and could have quit but didn't," said Seaburg. "This group of seniors will be missed."

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