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October 11, 2013
The Fletcher Senators continued their trend of winning despite a high number of penalties, and of winning on the last play of the game.
Coming into this game, Fletcher averaged double-digit penalties for over 100 yards per game. Tonight, they had eight penalties in the second half alone.
But the Vikings' last penalty-defensive pass interference-had the strongest impact of them all.
Before Fletcher's players ran onto the field in celebration - for the second week in a row - they saw their 10-0 halftime lead slip away.
Raines' first touchdown came 5:48 mark of the 3rd quarter. Zanders did what he does best: run the ball into the endzone from seven yards out. The Senators were still up 10-7. In the second half, he ran the ball seven times for 71 yards and that touchdown.
Zanders also went 12/14 for 118 and TD in the second half. The touchdown was a 15-yard pass that put Raines up 14-10 with 29 seconds left in the third quarter.
Down to their last possession, Fletcher got the ball on their own 22 with 1:54 left in the game and no timeouts. Jacob Kraut made his biggest impact of the night with a 12-yard sack that forced a turnover on downs the play before.
The drive started with a 6-yard sack and a near interception. It was 3rd and long and the clock was ticking.
Before his game-winning touchdown, Jackson came through with a 28-yard catch to get the Senators to midfield. After a Senators penalty and a pair of incompletions, Shawn Abrams caught a 12-yard pass to keep his team alive.
The game's final plays were the defensive pass interference, an incomplete pass in the endzone and the game-winning touchdown.
But the game was not decided without controversy.
On the interception, the officials stopped the clock when the flag was thrown, not when the play was whistled dead. That added eight extra seconds, enough time for Fletcher to take two shots at the endzone.
While Senators players, coaches and fans were hugging and celebrating the comeback win, Vikings players and coaches walked off the field angry and confused.