Dragon faithful saw the wish become reality Saturday evening, when No. The game is set to kick off at Lucas Oil Stadium at p.
Snider quarterback Isaac Stiebeling scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds left to give the Panthers their second state championship in program history and first since The combined points eclipsed the previous record of in a state championship game, set last season when New Palestine defeated New Prairie for the Class 4A title.
But that was just the beginning of a fourth-quarter scoring barrage that saw the teams combine for 41 points in the final eight-plus minutes. Malik Bramley gave Snider a lead after his yard kickoff return and yard touchdown reception from Stiebeling on a third-down play with left.
Stiebeling passed for yards and three touchdowns.
But it was far from over. New Pal drove back down the field and Neligh ran in a 4-yard touchdown with left. Spencer Corey — who had made all extra-point attempts to that point — had his kick blocked by Domonique Slaughter to keep the score Snider. The Dragons and their explosive offense, averaging more than 60 points a game, got the ball back at their 11 with left.
Neligh found Duke Blackwell over the middle for a yard touchdown to give the Dragons a lead with left.
Snider, starting from its own 32, quickly moved the ball down the field and Stiebeling tumbled into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 8 seconds left. His yardage was also an individual state finals record for a receiver. It appeared early on that New Palestine might get blown out.
Just when it looked like the game was about to get out of hand, the Dragons responded. Senior quarterback Neligh engineered an yard drive before halftime, finding Logan Greene for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 3 seconds left in the half to make it Snider blitzed Neligh relentlessly, hitting him hard time after time.
Yet Neligh kept delivering, until he ran out of time. Quarterbacks leave their marks and their signatures based on how they lead their teams during those tough times. On the biggest stage tonight, that guy played the biggest game of his life.
The odds were against us tonight and that guy took us out of the fire and put us in a position to win.