Over the course of faculty historical past, the Mount Union Purple Raiders have constructed one of many winningest applications at any stage of faculty soccer. Previous to this season they’ve received 826 video games, probably the most of any program on the Division 3 stage. They’ve received 13 Division 3 Nationwide Championships, and heading into this season the Purple Raiders had received 32 convention championships.
They received their thirty third convention title in gorgeous trend.
Having secured a share of the Ohio Athletic Convention title with final week’s win over John Carroll to enhance to 9-0, the Purple Raiders wanted a win over Baldwin Wallace within the common season finale to safe the OAC title outright, and clinch an automated berth within the Division 3 playoffs. However the Purple Raiders — ranked second in Division 3 — discovered themselves trailing the Yellow Jackets 21-17, with simply sufficient time for another play, and the soccer close to midfield.
Quarterback Braxton Plunk lofted a throw within the route of the tip zone, and by some means, Mount Union’s prayers have been answered. It’s powerful to see, however should you hearken to the announcers on the decision fro Baldwin Wallace, you’ll study that the throw went off the helmet of a defender, and into the arms of receiver Wayne Ruby Jr. for the game-winning landing:
This angle captured a clearer view of the ultimate play:
The play included an unbelievable name from Mount Union play-by-play announcer Sam Bourquin:
Mount Union wins 23-21 over BW on a Hail Mary on the gun nice name @SamBourquin16 “Lord take me dwelling, I’ve seen all of it now” – Sammy B
— Erik Longwell (@im_a_coach) November 12, 2022
On this picture, you may see simply how incredulous Ruby was as he celebrated the game-winner:
When you’ve the type of prolonged success the Purple Raiders have loved over their historical past, generally you simply want some fortunate breaks.
That’s definitely what they acquired right now.