Hawley’s game-winning play is viewable at the 1:30 mark of the video above. It came on
4th and 8 at the Stamford 45 with 0:47 to play.
HAWLEY — Call it a great play, call it luck or call it a miracle. But Hawley freshman Camden Ables was praying from the time the ball was snapped until the end of an incredible game-winning play that saw him twist, turn and break five tackles in a 45-yard TD reception on 4th-and-8 with 47 seconds to play in a thrilling 34-30 win over Stamford.
Ables’ TD was the final score in Friday’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week — a roller coaster affair that had already seen three lead changes in a battle for first place in District 4-2A DI. The play spoiled a dramatic Stamford comeback, that saw the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) rally from separate deficits of 6-0 and 20-10.
“I knew the ball was coming to me but I was kind of praying the whole time “Lord, please help me catch this ball,” Ables said. “When I got to the end zone, it felt (like it) was not real. It was unbelievable.”
The Bearcats (7-2, 5-0) then iced the game after Diontay Ramon picked off a Christian Duran pass with 0:41 to play.