On the two-point try, Stark tried the middle of Unatego’s defense, but Nate Wilsey penetrated and slowed Stark’s progress before a host of Spartans finished him off 2 yards short of the end zone.
Unatego followed with a six-minute drive that covered 62 yards. Included in the march was a 27-yard run off right tackle by Winchester, an 8-yard completion from Feyerabend to Jared Jones on the right side on a fourth-and-2, and a 1-yard scoring plunge by Winchester on fourth-and-goal.
“That drive I think we used the clock very well,” Microni said. “I think we hit some little passes and used the run. We used a lot of the clock.”
Winchester followed a block by pulling guard Ethan Barber as he dived across the goal line on his scoring run, which came with 2:38 left. Feyerabend’s PAT was blocked, leaving the score at 20-12.
A 30-yard return on the ensuing kickoff by Prunier set up END’s at Unatego’s 44, but the Crusaders had no timeouts. On first down, Whitson went off tackle on the left side for 27 yards, only a diving tackle by Braedon Beadle preventing a touchdown.
It set up END at Unatego’s 17.
Two plays later, Whitson, who gained all but 10 of his game-high 112 rushing yards in the second half, gained 8 yards on a sweep to the left, setting up first-and-goal at the 4.
On the next play, Wilsey dropped Stark for a 2-yard loss.
With about 20 seconds left, Thomas rolled left and threw to the corner of the end zone, but Henry was there for an easy interception to seal it.
“Every time you let someone get behind you in practice, you get yelled at,” said Henry, who was the deepest player on the final interception. “We have to make sure no one gets behind us.”