The Wabash Apache football team picked up their first win of the season on a 37yd Hale Mary pass as time expired to defeat North Miami 37-31 Friday.
The first two quarters were exact opposite of each other as the two teams combined for 36 points in the first quarter before a scoreless second quarter.
Wabash got off to the early lead when Chase Dirig found Ben Dillon on a 10yd scoring strike to give the Apaches a 7-0 lead. North Miami would answer the Wabash score with the extra point failing as the Apache lead was 7-6. Wabash would add to their lead when Dirig found the endzone from 13yds out and with the Owen Yeadon kick led 14-6. Back came North Miami to score on an 11yd pass then cap off the quarter on a 1yd run to lead the Apaches 22-14.
Luke Proctor would draw the Apaches closer to start the third, scoring on a 1yd run with the two point conversion failing. North Miami led 22-20. Things were not looking good for Wabash when the Warriors scored 3yd run and later a 29yd field goal to open a 31-20 lead, but the never say die Apaches came right back. Chase Dirig would connect with his brother Grant on a 38yd scoring strike and Wabash trailed 31-28 with a quarter to go.
Wabash would do all the scoring in the suspenseful fourth quarter. Late in the game Owen Yeadon would drill a 32yd field goal to knot the score at 31 and it looked as though overtime was in the future. The Wabash defense stepped up however to get the ball back and give the Apaches one more shot that will never be forgotten. The Apaches had the ball on the North Miami 35 with time for one more play when they decided to go for the hale mary. Chase Dirig took the snap and faded to his right, throwing a rainbow towards the endzone that just slipped over the defender fingertips and it to the diving arms of Noah Cole for a Wabash touchdown in a 37-31 thriller that was decided on the last play.
Chase Dirig was 15 of 22 for 199yds, 3TD. Dirig also ran 18 times for 120yds, 1TD. Luke Proctor added 25 for 86yds, 1TD. Grant Dirig had 2 rushes for 13yds.
Grant Dirig had 6 catches for 107yds, 1TD. Noah Cole added 3 catches for 58yds, 1TD. Ben Dillon had 3 catches for 12yds, 1TD. Luke Proctor had 3 for 22yds.