Hillcrest place kicker Aaron Chamberlain admits that he has missed some big field goals in his career at Hillcrest, but Friday night's 23-yard, double-overtime game-winner to lift the Huskies to a 27-24 victory over No. 1 ranked Brighton made up for all his previous miscues.
"I wanted to redeem myself," said Chamberlain after the kick that earned the Huskies a berth into the 5A state tournament. "I've missed some in the past and I wanted to make up for it."If it wasn't for fellow place kicker Zane Smith, who calmly nailed a 29-yarder as time ran out in regulation to send the game into overtime, Chamberlain wouldn't have gotten that chance. When it came down to the who would attempt the potential game-winner, Chamberlain obliged coach Lee Leslie's call.
"Both of them are great kickers, but they have struggled," Leslie said. "Chamberlain stepped up."
The Huskies, who trailed 10-7 at intermission, surrendered a Brighton touchdown on the Bengals' opening drive of the half on a 11-yard run by quarterback Scott Pearce, but that was all the Husky defense would allow until overtime.
Husky Wade Hanberg, who scored three touchdowns in the game, scored his second of the day with 10:45 left in the contest on a 29-yard run. Chamberlain added the point-after and the Huskies pulled within three at 17-14.
Soon after, the Husky defense held the Bengals to three downs and out and then marched to the Bengal 12 to set up Davis' game-tying field goal.
Brighton's Pearce hit Jared Chappell from 8-yards out to answer Hanberg's earlier score in overtime to tie the score at 24-24. Another stellar Hillcrest defensive stand and a 30-yard missed field goal by Ben Huber was the prelude to Chamberlain's game-winning boot.
Hanberg had 105 yards to go along with his three touchdowns, while Hillcrest quarterback Doug Smith, who was sidelined for the two overtime periods with a shoulder injury, threw for 178 yards.