For the second year in a row, Jimmy Gammill of the New Albany High School football team was clutch against DeSales.
The senior kicker made a 45-yard field goal with 7.4 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 27-24 win over the visiting Stallions on Friday, Sept. 9.
New Albany improved to 2-1 and DeSales dropped to 1-2.
Gammill, who had tied the game at 24 with a 41-yard field goal with 1:05 left, was quick to credit his teammates for setting up the game-winning kick.
"It all started with the offense and defense," said Gammill, who made an 18-yard field goal to give New Albany a 13-10 victory over DeSales last season. "The defense came up with some big stops. The offense just drove us down the field, put me in position and coach (Mark Mueller) said he had trust in me. The hold and snap were great. I just did my job to put it down the middle."
New Albany linebacker Clayton Wootton set up the winning score by intercepting DeSales quarterback Alex Perrine on the Stallions 30-yard line with 27 seconds left.
"You've got to eat the ball in that situation," DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins said. "It's a young mistake. Obviously, it was the difference."
After the turnover, the Eagles ran two consecutive run plays with running back Dan Brittan to center the ball for Gammill.
"Jimmy Gammill's been solid since his sophomore year. He's a clutch kicker," Mueller said.
New Albany concentrated its defense on containing DeSales running back Warren Ball. The Ohio State recruit was limited to four carries in the first quarter for 7 yards and finished 91 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
The Eagles took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 5-yard run by quarterback Zach Tomi.
Aided by facemask and late-hit penalties, DeSales tied the game at 7 in the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by Ball. Anthony Ciammaichella then made a 36-yard field goal as DeSales took a 10-7 lead into halftime.
New Albany took a 14-10 lead in the third quarter with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Tomi to Carson Turney.
On the ensuing drive, Perrine, who finished 6-for-10 passing for 113 yards, connected with Charles Chandler on a 27-yard touchdown pass to put DeSales ahead 17-14.
Connor Wilson put New Albany ahead 21-17 in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run before DeSales went up 24-21 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Ball with 5:56 left.
Helped by a pass interference call against DeSales on the ensuring possession, New Albany tied the game at 21 on the first of two field goals for Gammill.
"We just had a hard week and we knew what DeSales would bring to the table and we were ready for the challenge and we put in the work and got the result that we wanted," Gammill said.
DESALES 0 10 7 7 -- 24
NEW ALBANY 7 0 7 13 -- 27
NA--Tomi 5 run (Gammill kick)
D--Ball 3 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ciammaichella 36 FG
NA--Turney 45 pass from Tomi (Gammill kick)
D--Chandler 27 pass from Perrine (Ciammaichella kick)
NA--Wilson 1 run (Gammill kick)
D--Ball 2 run (Ciammaichella kick)
NA--Gammill 41 FG
NA--Gammill 45 FG