2012 Last Play Heroics vs Naperville North

No. 16 Wheaton South escapes with last-second Hail Mary

12:01 a.m. EST, September 15, 2012 By Dave Miller, Special to the Tribune

Wheaton Warrenville South’s prayer was answered Friday when a Hail Mary from Ryan Graham landed in the hands of Brandon Moore, who ran down the right sideline for a 47-yard touchdown on the final play of No. 16 Wheaton South’s 24-21 victory against Naperville North at Red Grange Field in Wheaton.

The Catch

“It wasn’t the greatest throw,” a dazed Graham said. “I just saw the ball go up and Brandon come down with it. I started crying. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. That was crazy.”

“It was a prayer,” Moore added. “I saw the ball go up and I knew I was a little in front of the end zone, so I just had to make a play.”

Naperville North (1-3, 0-2 DuPage Valley) moved 60 yards on 11 plays after the opening kickoff, scoring on Kendall Veluvolu’s 2-yard run to go up 7-0 with 8 minutes, 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Wheaton South’s Matthew Uchiyama stripped the ball from Veluvolu on Naperville North’s 26. Five plays later, Brandon Adams ran for a 1-yard touchdown. Naperville North’s Ryan Wilson blocked the extra point, leaving the Huskies with a 7-6 lead at 10:21 of the quarter.

Naperville North extended its lead by scoring on its next two possessions. Johnny Brown’s 28-yard touchdown pass down the middle to DeSean Brown, and DeSean Brown’s 29-yard TD run gave the Huskies a 21-6 cushion with 5:27 left in the half.

Game Overview:

Wheaton South (2-2, 2-0) drove 68 yards on nine plays on the opening possession of the third quarter, scoring on Adams’ 1-yard run. Adams was stopped short on a two-point conversion attempt, leaving the Huskies with a 21-12 advantage with 7:55 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers pulled within 21-18 on Jesse Padalik’s 1-yard dive into the end zone with 6:12 left.

Player of the game: Ryan Graham, Wheaton South, 15-for-23, 200 yards, 1 TD.

Key performers: Wheaton Warrenville South — Brandon Moore, 5 catches, 105 yards, 1 TD. Naperville North — DeSean Brown, 28-yard TD catch, 29-yard TD run; Kendall Veluvolu, 64 rushing yards, 1 TD.