Saturday night was a big night for Jeff Jones, scoring five touchdowns and throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to Alex Reyes in the second overtime to lead the Washburn Millers to a 48-42 win over the Bloomington Kennedy Eagles in the Section 3AAAAA semifinals in Minneapolis.
The Eagles looked like they would take the Early lead against the top seeded Millers. They started on their own 45 yard line and went 3-3 on fourth down conversdions that included a 12 yard completion from Travon Hearns to Shane Grant. They had the ball on the Washburn one yard line but Hearns' pass to Grant was incomplete. So it was Miller ball and Marley Mathewson threw to Jones and he took off like he was heading for Lyndale Ave. for a 99 yard touchdown.
Kennedy struck back 55 seconds into the second quarter as Lucien Coutier, who ran for seven touchdowns against Mpls. Southwest ran 48 yards for his eighth section touchdown. But Washburn countered as Jones took the kickoff, broke several tackles and cut to the center for an 89 yard score. The Eagles evened the score at 14 going into halftime on Hearns' 19 yard touchdown pass to Nate Eckerson.
Hearns began Kennedy's second half scoring as he found the end zone on a 23 yard keeper. Jones kept the score even when he caught a 60 yard touchdown pass. It looked like the Eagles would take the lead on Depriece Isenberg's kickoff touchdown but it was called back due to a holding penalty. They did score, however on Hearnes' second straight touchdown from five yards.
The Millers began the fourth quarter scoring as Mathewson completed a 29 yard pass to D'Angelo Pruit-Cooper and took advantage of a personal foul penalty on the Eagles that enabled Jones to score on a three yard run. Jones would regain the lead for Washburn, scoring on a 10 yard run. Kennedy would send the game into overtime when Coutier had a 42 yard gain down the left sideline and scored on a 11 yard run. They had a chance to win the game in regulation but couldn't put the ball in the end zone.
Now to overtime. In the first overtime period, Kevin Gleason put the Millers in front on an inside reverse touchdown. The Eagles would send the game into a second overtime as Hearns nroke through several orange and blue jerseys and scored on a five yard keeper.
Washburn's defense got to Hearns in the second overtime, sacking him twice. Eckerson had a touchdown called back due to an illegal procedure penalty and on fourth down Jones,came through on defense with an interception. He would also throw the game winning pass on the first play to Alex Reyes on the option to send theMillers to the section championship on Friday, November 1 against the Apple Valley Eagles. The Eagles beat Bloomington Jefferson 16-7.
Coutier rushed for 225 yards after accumulating 291 against Southwest and scoring a school record seven touchdowns, breaking Willis Jacoz's single game record.
"I was really happy for him," Kennedy head coach Jon Anderson said prior to the start of the game.
The Eagles conclude their season 1-9.