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Football: Trojans overcome Stephenson, 48-40

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park handed Stephenson its first defeat, scoring in the final minute for 48-40 Great Lakes Eight Conference West Division victory Friday.

Tommy Showers capped a 62-yard drive, hauling in a 7-yard pass from Tommy Peltoma with 24 seconds remaining to break a 40-40 tie.

“We came together when we needed it the most,” said Forest Park coach Dave Graff. “Tommy Showers really stepped it up a notch in the last drive.”

A 40-yard reception by Showers set up the winning score.

Stephenson (3-1, 0-1) had tied the game less than a minute earlier on Montell Glover’s 3-yard touchdown run — his fourth of the game — and Collin Hauser’s conversion run.

“They hung in there,” Graff said of his team. “Glover is a phenomenal athlete. We did make the stops when we had to.”

Gabe Scarlassara’s interception finally ended the see-saw game, which had Forest Park (2-2, 2-0) battling from a 32-26 third quarter deficit after owning a 26-14 halftime lead on Showers’ 68-yard fumble return.

Glover threw touchdown passes to Merlin Thoune in the second and third quarters.

Peltoma completed 8 of 16 passes for 162 yards and two TDs — both to Showers. The Trojans quarterback also rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

Forest Park’s CJ Post carried 15 times for 93 yards and two TDs. Showers had seven catches for 147 yards.

Evan Hedtke led the defense with seven tackles, six assists and a fumble recovery. Peltoma had eight tackles and three assists and Scarlassara was credited with five tackles and four assists.

The Trojans are scheduled to play at Phillips, Wis., on Friday.

Stephenson 8 6 18 8 — 40

Forest Park 14 12 8 14 — 48

First Quarter

S — Glover, 54 run (2-pt conversion), 9:07.

FP — Post, 25 run (2-pt failed), 6:08.

FP — Post, 11 run (2-pt conversion), 2:35.

Second Quarter

FP — Showers 51 pass from Tommy Peltoma (2-pt failed), 11:04.

S — Thoune 86 pass from Glover (2-pt failed), 4:36.

FP — Showers 68 fumble return (2-pt failed, 0:05.

Third Quarter

S — Glover 65 run (2-pt failed), 11:13

S — Thoune 12 pass from Glover (2-pt failed), 7:24.

S — Glover 12 run (2-pt failed), 5:42.

FP — Nathan Johnson 3 run (2-pt conversion) 3:10.

Fourth Quarter

FP — Peltoma 11 run (2-pt failed) 9:00.

S — Glover 3 run (2-pt conversion) 1:08.

FP — Showers 7 pass from Peltoma (2-pt conversion), 0:24.

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