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'Nitro' powers Springs to vital touchdown


12:00 AM, Nov. 15, 2012 EST

The Ledgers' Ryan Grandlic (24) celebrates his first half touchdown with a pair of teammates, including Eric Feldner (3), during Thursday's WIAA Division 6 state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium. / Lukas Keapproth/GWM

MADISON — 

With so many veterans on this year's St. Mary's Springs football team, the coaching staff didn't have to work just on the basic plays. Instead, they could install some different wrinkles, including a 2-minute drill.

"We've been running that quick offense all year and it really paid off," Springs senior Jacob Schneider said. "When we needed it, it worked out for us."

It's called "nitro" and it certainly gave the Ledgers the juice necessary to stop Eau Claire Regis' momentum late in the first half.

Quarterback Evan Henderson sprained his left shoulder in the second quarter after getting hit on an option keeper. He stayed in the game and was efficient, completing 14 of his 18 passes for 144 yards. Most of that came on the Ledgers' final drive of the first half.

They took over at their own 25 with 1 minute, 50 seconds left. The ensuing drive went 13 plays, and 10 were passes.

Grandlic said they knew that Regis was going to give them curls and hitches, and that was fine with them.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Krueger kept calling short passes, and Henderson kept completing them - four to Eric Feldner for 30 yards and four to Ryan Grandlic for 31 yards, including a slant pattern for a 7-yard touchdown.

"Two minutes, and we score? I think that's close to perfection," Springs coach Bob Hyland said. "I can't say anything better than that. If we could do that every time it would be great, but today it worked, and the two slant passes were just rifled in and the catch and runs afterward were excellent."

 

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