Brandon's Jason Maurer booted a 20-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining to cap off a wild finish and help the Eagles to a 12-11 win over Leto on Friday night at McLane Stadium.
Brandon (2-3) drove 83 yards in just over a minute to set up Maurer's game-winning kick, 47 of those yards coming courtesy of Leto penalties.
Facing a third-and-21 from his 4-yard line with 1:37 left, Eagles quarterback Adam Brick hit Jermaine Sullivan for a 17-yard completion before racing 9 yards on fourth down and 4. Brick then hit Eric Holloway for 16 yards on the next play to the Brandon 46-yard line. On the play, Holloway was nailed by a Leto defender after running out of bounds. That hit drew a 15-yard flag, and when two Leto players left the bench apparently to join in the fracas, the referees tacked on another 15 yards.
Leto coach Al Albert was incensed, losing his temper and drawing another flag, giving Brandon a quick 43 yards in zero plays and zero time off the clock.
"My fault for running my mouth," said Albert after the game. "I blew the game for the kids. I hate to say it, but I did."
Albert explained the second penalty, saying "we were substituting and they mistook two kids going in as jumping in a fight that we didn't even know was going on."
The penalties moved the ball all the way to the Leto 13, and Brick and Holloway hooked up again for 6 more yards. After another run, Maurer nailed the game-winner.
Prior to the Eagles' final drive, Leto's Ray McCloud had raced 6 yards for a score that gave Leto an 11-9 lead. But a fumbled snap on the extra-point attempt allowed Brandon to win with a field goal.
The Falcons had dominated the Eagles the entire night. They controlled the ball the entire first half, running 32 plays to Brandon's 13, and outgained the Eagles 137 yards to 37. But the big Leto edge didn't translate on the scoreboard, where they held only a 5-3 lead.