Immaculatta edges Sumner in opener

By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Posted: August 31, 2012 - 11:28 PM

A rain-soaked, mud-caked Josh Boeppler stood in paradise Friday night.

“Oh I love the rain,” the Immaculata lineman said. “Absolutely love it and there is nothing like it.”

For over two hours the senior, along with the rest of the Raider football team, sloshed through one of the wettest season openers in recent memory. But mother nature’s showers could not keep the team and it visitors, Sumner Academy, from playing one heck of a football game.

With Imac up 14-12 with three minutes remaining, the Sabres faced a fourth and 10 from the Raiders’ 25-yard line. The visitors had dominated possession the entire fourth quarter, yet had failed to penetrate the Imac goal line.

And so, in what turned out to be Sumner’s final offensive play of the game, quarterback Brandon Williams gathered in a shotgun snap. As he did that, Boeppler rammed into the right tackle from his defensive end spot. He swam over him, then blasted into a tight end and crashed down onto an unexpected Sabre, who happened to be Williams.

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