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Last second heroics by Heisler, Aurin lift Pioneers

Photos by Erin Keith

Information by Joe Keith


SPRINGFIELD – The most magical place on earth.


On this day in 1971, Walt Disney World opened its doors for the first time outside of Orlando, Florida. And fifty years later, this Mickey Mouse operation is still making wishes come true every day.


After a heartbreaking loss at rival London last week, Jonathan Alder was looking to bounce back by making some magic of their own.


They did just that as a late interception by Pioneer Will Heisler led to a last-second, game-winning field goal by Charlie Aurin as Jonathan Alder completed a 24-21 come-from-behind victory at Kenton Ridge Friday.


Heisler picked off an errant Cougar QB pass with just over a minute remaining and the game tied at 21-21. Alder had just tied it up less than a minute earlier was Alder quarterback Tabor Headings connected with Wyatt Kaiser from 12 yards out.


When the Pioneers got the ball back at the Kenton Ridge 36 yard line, they methodically worked the clock while chipping away at yardage. Aurin’s 26 yard winner came with 7.9 seconds remaining.


After a mainly defensive opening quarter, the home team struck first with a short touchdown pass from Cougar QB Triston Cordle to Bryce Smith.


Alder struck twice in the second quarter. First QB Headings had a one yard plunge (kick failed). Then Headings-to-Kaiser pass, followed by a Heisler two-point run put the visiting Pioneers ahead 14-7 at the intermission.


Following a scoreless third, a short fourth down rushing touchdown by Kenton Ridge tied it up. The Cougars went ahead on a 75 yard Brett Frazier punt return with four-plus minutes remaining.


Alder tied it two minutes later, setting the stage for the Heisler (then Aurin) heroics.


The Pioneers head home next week to take on Bellefontaine with hopes of adding to this one-game winning streak.