Wellington-Napoleon rallies past Mid Buch

By Craig Sims The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 6, 2013 - 11:34 PM

Top-seeded Mid-Buchanan found itself just minutes away from a rare postseason win but couldn’t stop one last play from Wellington-Napoleon quarterback Tristan Green.

With the fourth-seeded Tigers down one point and facing fourth and goal with under 3 minutes remaining in Wednesday’s Class 1 District 7 semifinal, Green fought his way up the middle for the game-winning touchdown in Wellington-Napoleon’s 26-21 win at Mid-Buchanan High School. Mid-Buchanan received a first-round bye in the seven-team bracket but saw a successful season end in its first postseason game played under veteran coach Ron Musser.


“I told my team that we were proud of them and that we love them,” said Musser, who finished his first season with the Dragons at 5-5. “This one hurts, but they were just the better ball club tonight.”

Failing to add the two-point conversion, Wellington-Napoleon (5-6) left the door open for a potential game-winning drive going the other way.

The Dragons’ final possession came up well short, turning the ball over on downs after a 7-yard dump pass from Dalton Robinson to running back Grant Schottel came up short of a first down near the Dragons own 30.

Mid-Buchanan’s early domination on the line of scrimmage faded during the deciding portion of the game.

Tanner Wisneski busted out a 68-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage of the Dragons’ third drive, staking them to a 14-0 lead. Wisneski finished with 16 carries for a game-high 149 yards, but most came of them came during the first half.

Mid-Buchanan could only keep the shutout intact so long.

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