By Anthony Salgado ’19
Payton football clinched the conference championship in a nail-biting 43-42 victory over Kenwood on Friday night. The thrilling game contained a total of seven lead changes, and there wasn’t a clear winner until the clock flashed double zeros.
Both teams had arrived at Gately Stadium before the game knowing the contest would become a dog fight, with the winner being the team that was hungrier for the victory. Indeed, the game turned out to be a roller-coaster of emotions on both sides. Payton took the lead once and for all — although only by a single point — after a good extra point added by Zach Anderson ‘19. The task then fell to Payton’s defense of stopping Kenwood from scoring again. Kenwood succeeded in driving all the way to the 18-yard-line, but their last-second pass to the end zone fell incomplete. A Payton penalty as time ran out gave Kenwood one more try, but that pass too was not caught. Once the ball fell from the receiver’s hands, the entire Payton sideline stormed onto the field to celebrate the win with the rest of the team. It hadn’t been easy, but they were conference champions.
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