Haskell quarterback Brandon Watson hurled a 43-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Patrick Guinn to cap Monday's come-from-behind victory.
Olathe -- On an otherwise beautiful Labor Day evening, the Haskell Indian Nations University football team found a way to win ugly.
Despite being penalized nearly the length of an entire football field, the Fightin' Indians rallied from an 8-7 deficit in the final two minutes to defeat MidAmerica Nazarene University's junior varsity squad, 14-8, Monday night at Pioneer Stadium.
"I'm surprised that we're not limping off the field after shooting ourselves in the foot so much," said Haskell coach Gary Tanner. "We were very fortunate tonight that we were able to overcome all of our mistakes and pull out a victory."
HINU quarterback Brandon Watson chucked a game-winning 43-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Patrick Guinn with a 1:09 remaining.
Following Watson's touchdown pass, victory was far from assured for Haskell. After both teams battled in a scoreless tie for the first three quarters, MANU mounted a frantic drive in the final minute.
Following the return of short kickoff by MANU's Danny Harmon, MidAmerica soon was in a fourth-and-two situation with 45 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, the Pioneers kept their drive alive when running back Keith Hill broke free for a first down.
Led by freshmen quarterback Jonathan McDermott, the third MANU signal caller to play in the game, MidAmerica then faced another crucial fourth down at the Haskell 45-yard line. McDermott threaded a 29-yard strike to wide receiver Marqus Williams to put the Pioneers at Haskell's 16-yard line.
Already out of timeouts, McDermott was forced to spike the football to stop the clock on first down.