The Washburn Ichabod football team fell in a Family Day overtime battle with Fort Hays State spoiling a fourth quarter comeback in a 41-38 loss to the Tigers. Washburn will be back in action on Sept. 28 when they will face the Central Missouri Mules at 1 p.m. in Warrensburg.
Trailing 35-21 entering the fourth quarter, Collin Wilson pulled the Ichabods within a touchdown when he caught a short pass from Mitch Schurig and scooted 56 yards for the touchdown. After the Tigers were forced to punt, the Ichabods (1-2, 1-2 MIAA) used a 12-play, 72-yard drive to cut the lead to 35-31 after a 26-yard field goal by Kameron Lake. On the ensuing drive, the Tigers fumbled the ball on their second play from scrimmage returning the ball to the Ichabods at the FHSU 29. Seven plays later the Ichabods would go up 38-35 when Percy Mitchell scored from 2-yards out with 3:33 to go.
The Tigers then would march 68 yards on 15 plays setting up Dante Brown with a 24-yard game-tying field goal as time expired sending the game to overtime.
The Tigers (1-2, 1-2 MIAA) won the toss and elected to go on defense first. Washburn drove down to the Tiger 12 after completing a fourth down conversion but an interception by FHSU ended the drive. The Tigers then ran five plays capped by a 30-yard field goal by Dante Brown for the winner.
The Tigers scored first to open the game taking the 7-0 lead. Near the end of the first quarter, Percy Mitchell scored from 1-yard out tying the game. The Tigers scored on their next drive going up 14-7, but on the ensuing kickoff, James Letcher, Jr. became the third person in school history to return a kickoff 100 yards joining Cary Williams and Fletcher Terrell as he tied the score at 14.
Wilson put the Ichabods up 21-14 with 5:05 to play in the first half before the Tigers tied it with 3:25 to play before the break.
Schurig was 18 of 38 passing for 239 yards with two scores and Zach Willis led the Ichabods on the ground with 67 yards. Letcher and Taylon Peters each had four catches and Wilson finished with 77 yards and two scores.
Kevin Neal, Jr., led the Ichabods with a career high 13 tackles after recording 10 last week at Northwest Missouri. Grant Bruner had 10 and Josh Wright and Landen Urban each had eight.
The Tigers outgained the Ichabods 494 to 377 picking up 333 passing yards recording 32 first downs compared to 19 for the Ichabods.