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December 7, 2013
Dwyer advances to the 7A finals
Two receivers of the top 20 wide receivers in the country on the same field, and both proved their rankings.
On the ensuing possession, Dwyer quarterback Daniel Parr hit his top pass-catcher Johnnie Dixon on a 75 yard strike on a deep ball down the right sideline.
From there, the teams traded field goals and it was a defensive struggle for the second and third quarters. The fourth quarter is when the craziness begun at East Lake.
Parr hit Dixon on a bubble screen route and Dixon eluded two tackles on his way for a 38 yard touchdown to give Dwyer the 17-10 with 11:00 left in the ballgame. After the two teams traded punts thereafter, East Lake quarterback Jake Hudson threw an interception returned for a touchdown, and the Eagles' hopes were slim.
With 6:48 left, they trailed 24-10.
East Lake went into the bag of tricks and Hudson hit Artavis Scott on a double pass, and Scott threw it to Michigan commit George Campbell for a 65 yard touchdown. Dwyer got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff, and Parr threw an interception to the do-it-all athlete Artavis Scott.
Scott brought the interception back to the Dwyer 10 yard line, but after three failed offensive plays, East Lake faced 4th and goal from the 10 yard line with 4:04 left in the game.
USF commit Devin Abraham entered the game on offense for the first time, and he lined up at running back. Hudson hit Abraham on a seam route out of the backfield for an East Lake touchdown which tied the game.
East Lake had offensive troubles all night long, but scored 14 points in just 2:49 of game clock. The two teams went into overtime to decide who would face Niceville for the 7A state final.
"Getting the ball first in overtime is a little bit of a disadvantage they had four downs and we had three downs and probably kick a field goal."
Dwyer only needed two downs though. Daniel Parr scored on a two yard quarterback keeper, putting the pressure on East Lake to send the game into double overtime. However, Jake Hudson threw an interception on 3rd and goal, which ended an incredible season for the Eagles in a 31-24 loss.
"I could barely see it, but it was amazing," Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels said of his quarterback's go ahead rushing touchdown. "It was a great feeling. We've had some heartbreaks over here, and this was well-deserved. I hate to see their team lose, because they played a hell of a game also."
The game-breaker for Dwyer was Rivals250 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, and Daniels gave very high praise of his senior playmaker.
"As the season goes along they double him, and he takes advantage of situations when we get him one-on-one. He plays every snap at corner, and as the games get bigger - he gets bigger. He's got a gear that I haven't seen in a long time in a football player."
Dwyer will face the Niceville Eagles in the 7A state finals, and East Lake ended a terrific 13-1 season - the best in their history.