Mattoon High alum Braden Smith tossed a 47-yard last-second touchdown pass that gave his Wild Aces a 34-30 victory as time expired in the 7-on-7 Fan Controlled Football League this weekend.
The play even made ESPN’s Top 10 plays of the day Sunday evening.
Smith replaced quarterback Johnny Manziel, who could not play after undergoing emergency dental surgery.
It was the Zappers’ first win in three games.
Smith fired a pass to wideout Travis Toivonen in the end zone after dropping back to his own 3-yard line. The field length for the league is 50 yards.
Mattoon’s Anna Morton (above) signed to play volleyball for Lake Land college, likely as a utility player. “We are excited to have Anna officially join the Laker family,” said Lakers coach Ashlii Wicker. “We are looking forward to seeing her contributions on the court and in the classroom shine at Lake Land College.”
Charleston’s Ava Stephens (above) signed to play softball for Lake Land College next year.
Stephens hit .412 during her freshman and sophomore seasons, going 35-for-85 while primarily playing second base, shortstop and third. Stephens posted a .468 on-base percentage and .647 slugging percentage for a 1.115 OPS. The pandemic wiped out her spring junior season.
“Ava has been a tremendous player for our program the past six years,” Charleston High coach Blain Mayhall said. “She is a power hitter that also hits for a high average and always seems to get the big hit when the team needs it. Lake Land is getting a special player on and off the field.”