Gunter headed to state championship, winning in clutch fashion
ABILENE, Texas (KTEN) - With less than two minutes on the game clock, the season was on the line for the Gunter Tigers. In what had been a game controlled by defenses, Gunter junior quarterback Walker Overman methodically led his offense down the field to a clutch 21-20 victory over Canadian.
For the sixth time in the last seven years Gunter and Canadian met in the state semifinals. For the fourth time in that timeframe, Gunter came out on top. However, Gunter found themselves in a rare position, trailing late in the game.
Again, the Tigers' final drive was capped off with a 10-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ivy Hellman. After a made extra point, Gunter held a one-point lead with 17 seconds left.
Canadian had multiple timeouts, but did not have enough time to get into field goal range, closing out the victory for Gunter.
"Our kids just continued to fight and kind of learn throughout the game, and that's one thing I'm really proud about our kids is that they do a good job of making adjustments on their own," said head coach Jake Fieszel.
Gunter will play Poth Thursday in the UIL 3A(II) state championship game at AT&T stadium at 3 p.m.