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Wilmington's Jordan Sarr Wins State Championship With Field Goal as Time Expires

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Wilmington High School senior kicker Jordan Sarr became a legend in his hometown, and a name high school football fans in Illinois will not soon forget, when he kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lift Wilmington High School to a 20-17 win over Williamsville High School in a classic IHSA Class 3A title game.

The Wildcats and Bullets went into halftime at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium knotted at 3-3 (26-yard Sarr field goal), before Williamsville knotted the game at 17-17 with a 65-yard touchdown pass with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Following a 10-yard return on the ensuing kickoff, Wilmington began its game-winning drive on its own 39-yard line with 5:15 remaining in the game. The Wildcats drove 46 yards on 10 plays, leading to a fourth down and three yards to go from the Williamsville 15-yard line. After a timeout, head coach Jeff Reents elected to call upon Sarr to attempt the game-winning kick. With four second remaining on the clock, senior quarterback Mason Southall snapped the ball to senior holder Austin Headrick, who got the ball down for Sarr.

Watch the kick below and then hear Sarr’s reaction to his heroics: