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(11-29-19) It was the game that everyone expected…Wild and Wooly… as Wiiliamsville came back in the final seconds of the 4th quarter to knock of Byron in the Class 3A IHSA State Football Championship 46-42 in DeKalb.

With 4;34 remaining in the game Byron led 42-32 after Drake Snodgrass had scored on a 28 yard run, that is when the Bullets put it into high gear and the comeback would start.

On the very next possession Conor McCormick would hit Brandon Bishop with a 36 yard TD pass and that would cut the Byron lead down to just 3 points, but still trailing 42-39 with just 3:55 remaining in the game.

Again it looked like the Tigers would clinch the win when the Bullets on-side kick was picked up by Byron’s Parker Eccles who returned it all the way to the Bullets 16 yard line. But Byron was unable to score and Williamsville would take over on downs on their own 11 yard line.

With 2:35 remaining in the game the Bullets would take it 89 yards on 9 plays and would score on another McCormick to Bishop TD from 11 yards out (XP kick was no good) to take a 46-42 lead with just 30 seconds remaining in the game.

The Tigers had one more try…but would not score. It was heartbreak for Byron who lost last season in the title game by four points.

Both teams strengths on offense played a big part in the final outcome. Both teams had over 500 yards of total offense, the Bullets had 555 total yards thanks to 335 yards in the air, while Byron did it on the ground with 449 yards and again controlling the game clock.

Byron’s Isaac Stickler could not be stopped he had 28 carries for 264 yards rushing and 4 TDs, while Drake Snodgrass rushed for 165 yards on 26 carries and 2 TDs.

Williamsville was led by Brendon Bishop who had 230 yards on 9 catches and 3 TDs, McCormick passed for 335 yards on 17 of 23 passing and 4 TDs, while Grant Ripperda rushed for 183 yards on 21 carries and 1 TD.

The game was one to remember….

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Game Stats provided by IHSA335 yards on 17-23

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