A 12-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman Liam Nadler (Leipsic, Ohio/Leipsic Local) to Abraham Ocasio (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) on fourth-and-two with 1:05 left in regulation catapulted the Gannon football team to a thrilling 36-33 victory against non-conference rival Lake Erie Thursday night before a standing-room-only crowd at Gannon University Field.
Nadler looked like a grizzled veteran during his first career start, leading Gannon on an 80-yard game-winning drive in the final minutes of regulation. The Golden Knights began the drive on their 20-yard line with 3:34 remaining after Lake Erie missed a 22-yard field goal to keep the Storms’ lead at 33-29.
The first play of the drive was good enough for ESPN’s Top 10. Nadler’s pass bounced into the air after Ocasio and a Lake Erie defender collided.Justin Caliste (Roseville, Calif./Oakmont) grabbed the rebound out of midair and raced down the right sideline for a 60-yard gain to the Lake Erie 20-yard line. Four plays later, the Golden Knights were faced with a fourth-and-two call. Ocasio reeled in a pass on the sideline and spun through two defenders en route to the end zone. The extra point gave the home squad a 36-33 advantage.
Lake Erie had one last chance, but went four-and-out to set off a celebration by the large crowd. Ian Jeffers (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) and Trenton Donald (Uniontown, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) knocked down the last two pass attempts at the line of scrimmage to seal the deal.
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