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video footage of the game from 100.5 NTA-FM.

A miraculous victory on Saturday has enabled Boylan (Rockford, Ill.) to continue its quest for a third consecutive Class 7A state football championship.

The Titans nipped Fenwick (Oak Park, Ill.) 22-21 in a second-round thriller by scoring eight points with no time left on the clock. It marked their 39th straight win over the last three years.

Fenwick, which had scored all of its points in the third quarter to erase a 14-0 deficit, was unable to run out the clock and forced to punt with 10 seconds remaining in the tense contest.

Peter Cimino fielded the punt at his 10 and headed up the field. However, when he made his first cut, he slipped and barely kept his knee from touching by putting his hand on the ground to regain his balance. The rest is history as he galloped 90 yards to paydirt while the clock expired.

Still, the Titans trailed 21-20. Zach Mathews, normally a linebacker, took care of that problem by plowing into the end zone for the decisive two-point conversion.

Boylan linebacker Ty Sharp told the Rockford Register Star that Mathews' "second effort is better than anybody's I have seen in my life."

Added Cimino, "You put 1-on-11 on Zack Mathews, I'll take Zack 10 times out of 10 ... All of us are going to tell our kids about this someday, but this isn't going to matter if we wind up losing in the next round."

Perhaps, lost in the celebration was Matt Johnson's one-handed interception in his end zone during the first half. It was his 13th pick of the year.