Portland Produces 4th Quarter Thriller; Lansing Catholic takes it all

LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – Friday night’s game between Lansing Catholic and Portland was definition of dogfight – a one-point game seconds behind and a winning field goal from the Cougars. This marks Lansing Catholic’s first win over Portland since 2014.

“It’s wonderful. I was on the team two or three years ago, the team from 2019, when we lost in a similar situation and our extra point was suspended,” said Lansing Catholic senior kicker Jonah Richards To be able to come back years later and win almost exactly the opposite of what happened, that was incredible. “

It really was a two-half story. The Raiders returned at halftime, 21: 7 behind, bringing the result in the fourth quarter to 29:28 by just a few seconds. It was all up to Richards and his head coach Jim Baker had all the belief that he could do it.

“He’s a pretty cool collective kid, he’s a calm kid, a pretty confident kid in this situation,” said Baker. “I was out with him no matter what.”

To win with a 33 yard field goal … there wasn’t enough emotion to describe it.

“It feels good. I’m sure (Jim) Ahern is lighting my cell phone right now. I can tell him, ‘Well, I did it and you didn’t’ … we’ll have some fun with it,” said Baker.

Now the question arises whether the Catholic von Lansing will advance to 7-0. Next week the team will travel to Charlotte to try to keep it going.

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