ONTARIO — Mac-Hi yielded a touchdown late in the fourth quarter here Friday night and dropped a heartbreaking 34-27 decision to Ontario in the Greater Oregon League football finale for both schools.
The Tigers scored the winning touchdown with just 17 seconds left — just moments after a potential game-clinching interception by Mac-Hi was nullified on a roughing-the-passer penalty, according to coach Tim Hutchison.
The Pioneers had taken a 27-26 lead on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Chase Copenhaver to Derek Richwine with 1:30 left, Hutchison said.
Copenhaver passed for 212 yards, 193 of which were gained by Richwine on five receptions. Richwine scored twice in the game.
Running back Jeffrey Jones gained 70 yards rushing for Mac-Hi.
The Pioneers led 14-7 after one quarter and 20-14 at halftime. The game was tied at 20-20 going into the fourth quarter.
“We played like champions,” Hutchison said. “The kids played their hearts out. They never quit. They never gave up. It was the most exciting football game I’ve ever been a part of.
It bodes well for the future,” Hutchison said. “The hard work’s paid off. It (Friday’s game) was the most solid team effort I’ve seen. Everyone was spectacular.”