LOCKLAND, Ohio – A touchdown with 71 seconds remaining sent Mount Healthy advanced to the state quarterfinal round for the first time in school history on Friday.
The Owls, who were 1-9 all-time in the postseason entering this season, edged Winton Woods, 13-10 in a Division II matchup at Roettger Memorial Field.
The Warriors’ Jamaine Lunsford kicked a 27-yard field goal for the only scoring of the first half.
But sophomore quarterback David Montgomery ran in a touchdown with 2:03 left in the third quarter to give Mount Healthy the lead.
On the ensuing drive, Winton Woods answered with a 45-yard touchdown run by Christian Lumpkin, giving Winton Woods the 10-7 lead before heading into the final period.
With just 1:11 left, David Montgomery connected with DeShawn Jackson for a 26-yard touchdown put the Owls the in front for good.
"We had a tough game, and we had to make a play,” Jackson said. “We had to make something happen. Coach had something up his sleeve and he was counting on me. I had to make something happen and do what I had to do."
Up next for the Owls: Taking on the undefeated Loveland Tigers in the Region 6 championship next Friday. The neutral sire will be announced Sunday.
"It's going to be a battle", Mount Healthy coach Arvie Crouch said.