Football: Maki lifts Sting to 22-21 overtime win over West Lutheran

Clutch runs by quarterback Ben Maki and a blocked field goal by Austin Kurilla helped the Spectrum Sting pick up their first win 22-21 over West Lutheran on Friday evening.

“The kids were really pumped up. It was pretty exciting,” said coach Seth Mills.

The  game was played at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, just the second game to be played on a new turf field.

Maki tied the score with five minutes left in the fourth quarter by hitting Josiah Bondy for a 10-yard score, then running for the two-point conversion on a misdirection play around the end. The Sting drove 70 yards.

West Lutheran (1-2) responded by driving to the Sting eight-yard line and attempted a field goal by Tyler Krueger in the final seconds. Krueger was 3-for-3 on extra points and this was only five yards longer, but Kurilla, a junior tight end and linebacker, busted through the tackle slot and blocked it.

“That was the big play. They had a chip shot,” said Mills.

In overtime, West Lutheran got a scoring pass and extra-point kick for 21-14 lead in overtime.

Maki countered with an eight-yard TD run on second down, using the same misdirection play as the game-tying two-point run.

Spectrum had missed a conversion kick after the first touchdown so Mills went for two after that. After the overtime touchdown, the coach called for the quarterback sneak to go for the win, and Maki pushed  three yards into the end zone behind Nicky Mayer and Joey Chaffin.

Shane Herrlin scored the Sting’s first TD on a three-yard run in the first quarter. He rushed 21 times for 104 yards. Maki had 60 yards in 11 carries and Ryan Pribnow 18 yards in three carries.

Spectrum will host Brooklyn Center next Friday at 4 p.m. That will be homecoming.

Spectrum 22, West Lutheran 21

Spectrum …..…… 6   0   0   8  8 — 22
West Lutheran …. 0   7   7   0  7 — 21

Spc—Shane Herrlin 3 run (kick failed)
WL—Nate Kieffer 5 run (Tyler Krueger kick)
WL—Zach Dwyer 6 pass from Connor Olson (Krueger kick)
Spc—Josiah Bondy 12 pass from Ben Maki (Maki run)
WL—Jonah Kuske 10 pass from Olson (Krueger kick)
Spc—Maki 8 run (Maki run)