Game of the Year: Kingsway vs. Seneca
It was late when Ryan Redmond scored the winning goal.
The Kingsway senior just didn't know how late.
Redmond, a senior attack, broke a tie with 1 minute, 36 seconds remaining in the Dragons' first-round Group 3 playoff game against Seneca.
"I thought it was the third quarter," Redmond said after Kingsway's 13-12 victory.
Redmond's confusion was understandable: It was that kind of game. There were four ties and three lead changes and some wild swings of momentum.
Seneca came to play. The Golden Eagles had lost to Kingsway in the regular season, 19-9. But they were open for business on May 13 on the Dragons' football field.
"I give Seneca all the credit," Kingsway coach Sean Dunn said. "They showed up here ready to win this game."
It was a great game. It was a great day: The weather was terrific, and there was a large crowd in the home football stands.
Plus, the ending was dramatic.
Seneca received four goals from Dylan Schulte and some spirited all-around play in battling back from a 9-6 halftime deficit. The Golden Eagles twice took one-goal leads in the fourth quarter.
Kingsway never blinked. The Dragons received four goals from Frank Magazu and five from Redmond, whose winner stood up thanks to some strong last-minute work by Kingsway goalie Dylan Lauser.
- Phil Anastasia