A thriller, and a rout

A 54-yard touchdown with 5 seconds remaining lifted Iola High's seventh-graders past Burlington, 22-20 Thursday. The Mustang eighth-graders had no such drama in a 38-6 victory.



October 8, 2021 - 3:13 PM

Iola Middle School’s Kale Pratt (32) hauls in a 54-yard touchdown pass against a pair of Bobcat defenders to score the game-winner with 5 seconds left in a 22-20 victory. Photo by Reese Becker / Iola Register

BURLINGTON — Iola Middle School’s seventh-graders treated fans to one of the most jaw-dropping finishes they’ll see at any level Thursday.

The Mustangs, trailing host Burlington 20-16 late in the fourth quarter, took the lead when quarterback Austin Crooks found Kale Pratt down the right side on a long pass.

Pratt muscled his way through a pair of defensive backs, then outraced the rest of the pursuing Bobcat defense for a stunning 54-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left.

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