FINDLAY – In a battle for the ages, the two top teams in Division IV actually exceeded expectations in a regional championship showdown tonight.
No. 1 ranked Kenton held off No. 2 Bryan 46-43 in a back and forth game that featured 10 lead changes.
It was clash of great quarterbacks as Bryan's Austin Schimmoeller squared off against Kenton's Grant Sherman.
Down by three with 1:12 remaining, Sherman drove his team 70 yards and the Wildcats scored the game winning TD with 21 seconds left.
Schimmoeller scored on a 11-yard TD keeper as Bryan had taken a 43-40 lead with 1:18 left.
Bryan (12-1) had one last chance with one second left and the ball at midfield. But Schimmoeller's throw was completed short and Kenton (13-0) held on.
Bryan trails No. 1 ranked Kenton 20-10 at halftime of a Division IV regional title game tonight at Donnell Stadium.
The Golden Bears fell behind early but took a 7-6 lead early in the first quarter on quarterback Austin Schimmoeller's nifty 36-yard TD run.
Bryan, the No. 2 ranked team in the state, then went up 10-6 on Andrew Rupp's 25-yard field goal with 1:49 left in the first quarter.
However, behind the passing of Grant Sherman Kenton scored 14 unanswered points in the second quarter.
In a battle of prolific quarterbacks, Schimmoeller has thrown for 106 yards (10 of 17) and has rushed for 27 yards. Sherman has thrown for 180 yards (26 of 37) and has rushed for a game-high 63 yards. Sherman has thrown two TDs and run for another.
Bryan, which has hurt itself with six penalties for 52 yards, will get the ball to start the second half.
Dakota McNany, the Golden Bears' senior cornerback, has recovered a fumble and picked off a pass.