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September 15, 2013

Chaotic finish sinks Berries against Tribe

Pioneer's running game prevails against Caston; Winamac rolls at South Newton.

Anderson needed a perfect sequence of events to come back for a 29-28 win at Logansport on Friday night in a North Central Conference football game.

Logan coach Brad Urban said that the events that led to the miracle win for the Indians were indeed too good to be true.

The controversy was after an unbelievable diving catch off a deflection by Indian star running back Jerian Beard. The 35-yard reception gave the Indians the ball at the Logan 4-yard line with 2 seconds left in the game.

The Indians were out of timeouts. It took them awhile after the big gain to get lined up and set to spike the ball, but the referees waited until they were completely set to restart the clock.

The rule is in place to allow the chain gang to get in the correct position and then the clock is to be started after a first down.

Urban cried foul about how the officiating crew handled the closing seconds Friday night.

“There’s no way they could have gotten a play off in 2 seconds. That never happens,” Urban said. “They shouldn’t have even got a chance for a field goal. .... They never should have got to the next play.”

The next play was a game-winning 21-yard field goal by Cody Gray to give the Indians the win.

Urban added there’s nothing the Berries can really do now about the final outcome of the game. The Indians (1-3, 1-1) already got to celebrate the win and the Berries (0-4, 0-2) have to deal with the loss.

The referees weren’t the only ones to botch the ending of the game as the Berries were certainly in a position to control their own destiny.

But a bad punt snap set up the Indians with a short field at the Logan 47-yard line on with 29 seconds remaining.

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