In the second overtime, Cavaliers’ sophomore quarterback Jimmy St. Louis, starting in place of senior Nate Pylant, found sophomore Josh Rosenblum in the right corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown and a 28-21 lead. On the ensuing play, Rosenblum picked off the Saints’ Mason Meadows, ending the game and sending the team and fans into a state of unbridled joy.
“I saw my man go out and I knew I had to make a play on that one,” said Rosenblum of his interception.
On top of starter Patrick Reynolds breaking his fibula in last week’s semifinal game, Pylant dislocated his elbow Thursday and running back Kevin Huggins was hobbled by an ankle injury.
Fullback Nolan Brandon was head coach Harry Bacheller’s workhorse, carrying the ball 42 times for 248 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown just before the half and a 1-yarder that tied the game with 7:02 remaining.
“That was probably the best game I’ve ever played in, in my entire life,” Brandon said. “Everybody just pulled together, it wasn’t just one guy, it was a team effort.”
Bacheller was emotional talking about the team after the game.
“In my 31 years of coaching, I can’t think of a better group, I’m so proud of them,” he said.
After stopping the Saints (8-4) on their first drive of the game, the Cavaliers (11-1) had a 16-play, 78-yard drive that took nine minutes off the clock with St. Louis sneaking in from a yard out.
After the Saints tied it, Brandon rumbled 86 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left in the half.
The Saints scored on their first two possessions of the second half to take a 21-14 lead, but Brandon again pounded the ball in from 1-yard out.
In the first overtime, the Cavaliers forced a fumble on the Saints’ possession, but Huggins’ 30-yard field goal attempt was just wide.