Chadron State quarterback Jonn McLain found Allan Schmaltz for a 21-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone with 36 seconds to play to give the Eagles a thrilling 36-33 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over New Mexico Highlands Saturday. The Eagles, who trailed by double digits twice in the game, drove 75 yards in 10 plays in just over a minute to secure their victory and improve to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the RMAC.
The fourth quarter was wild as each team owned a lead before Schmaltz’s touchdown sealed the Cowboys’ fate. Chadron State went up 27-26 early in the final quarter when McLain connected with Chapman Ham on a 25-yard strike. After the Cowboys went three and out on offense, the Eagles seized their chance and added a field goal – a 34 yarder from Alex Ferdinand – to go up, 30-26.
The Cowboys offense failed to score again on their next drive and the Eagles were looking to drive down the field and run the clock down. However, New Mexico Highlands sacked McLain on third down and the Eagles were forced to punt with four minutes to play.
On the punt, the ball sailed over punter Josh Borm’s head and the Cowboys gained possession on CSC’s side of the field. They immediately took advantage of it and scored in two plays. Lewis scrambled for a short gain and then connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kevon Williams with less than two minutes to play that put them up 33-30. However, just like they had all game, the Eagles drove down the field in quick fashion, ending with McLain’s fourth TD pass of the day.