The first occurred with just over a minute and a half left in the first half. Massac had taken possession with 2:25 left in the first quarter but two incomplete passes left them facing third down and 10.
A Braden Fritch to Eli Rose completion gave Massac an 8-yard gain and left them facing fourth down with two yards to go.
Massac’s Dillon Stoner plowed off tackle and appeared to have made the necessary yardage, albeit by a scant margin, but the officials’ spot of the ball left Massac a few inches short of first down yardage, and Anna took over on downs.
With a 7-0 lead already, Anna put together a seven-play, 57-yard scoring drive for a 14-0 lead, and Massac was under the gun early. With Fritch completing five passes and Stoner turning in a couple of good runs, the Pats got in the end zone with 8:13 left in the second frame; Fasnacht’s extra point attempt was no good and the score was 14-6.
The second turning point was just before the end of the first half. Stoner had just intercepted a Jay Kemp pass and returned it to the A-J 40-yard line. Fritch ran a keeper and picked up almost 15 yards to put Massac in business at Anna’s 26.
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