KEENESBURG-- There were so many times Friday night where it looked like a comeback was out of reach for Weld Central.
In each instance, one simple mistake would have ended the game. The only problem for visiting Platte Valley was, the Rebels were flawless when it mattered most.
Trailing 14-10 with just about a minute left, Weld Central lined up for a 4th down and 12 near midfield.
Like they had done all night, the Rebels came through with a clutch play once more. This time, it was to steal the lead for the first time all game, and to steal a victory that looked impossible just a few minutes prior.
Quarterback Bryan Gudka saved his best throw of the night for last, lofting a beautiful ball into the arms of Alex Ries for the go-ahead touchdown, capping off a wild come-from-behind 17-14 victory over the Broncos.
Platte Valley dominated the entire first half, taking a 14-0 lead into the break thanks to two Trevon Wehrman touchdown passes to Zach Waite.
But, Weld Central's defense kept the Rebels in the game just long enough.
The first score of the night for the home team came on special teams, when Taggyrt Moses had an electrifying punt return touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7 and send the crowd into a frenzy.
The Rebels added a field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 14-10.
However, after a special teams mishap by Weld Central, Platte Valley took over possession on 1st and goal inside the Rebels' 10-yard line.
With about five minutes left on the clock, a Broncos score likely would have iced the game.
Instead, the Rebels made a goal line stand, sacking Wehrman on 4th down to keep the deficit at just four points.
That gave the Weld Central offense one final chance, an opportunity that Gudka didn't let go to waste.
With the win, Weld Central finishes the season with an 8-1 overall record, placing second in the 2A Patriot East league behind Sterling.