Hampshire rallies past DeKalb

Hampshire’s Kyle Anderson scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak with just four tenths of a second remaining for the visiting Whip-Purs’ dramatic 33-27 victory over the Barbs Friday in DeKalb.

Anderson’s 65-yard pass to Brendan Waterworth set up the touchdown.

DeKalb (0-2) led most of the game, until Hampshire (1-1) took advantage of two consecutive failed punts in the fourth quarter resulting in two short Whip-Purs’ touchdown drives. Hampshire took their first lead of the game at 27-21 with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter.

The Barbs stormed back with a four-play, 56-yard drive capped off by a Dylan Hottsmith three-yard touchdown for the game’s final tie at 27-27. Hottsmith, who is also the team’s placekicker, was injured on the play and was unable to attempt the extra point. DeKalb was force to go to its back-up place kicker and the attempt never made it off the turf.

After the 65-yard completion to the Barbs’ two-yard line, Anderson utilized the surge from his offensive line to sneak the ball in.

“We were able to pound the ball all night,”said Anderson. “I had so much confidence in our offensive line. This was a much better feeling than last week.”

Whip-Purs’ coach Dan Cavanaugh was virtually speechless after the big win.

“I was actually starting to draw up plays for overtime,” said Cavanaugh. “Great effort by the kids tonight. It’s so great to see all the smiles after this game.”

Hampshire’s Tyler Crater left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. Crater took a hard hit and was helped off the field.

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