AFTERBURNERS - While his teammates watch from a distance, Jay Scheel (#2) turns on the jets for an electrifying 81 yard punt return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter in Union’s first round playoff game against Cascade. A furious comeback by the Knights ran out of time, as the Cougars won, 30-27. Photo by Mary Bauer.

AFTERBURNERS – While his teammates watch from a distance, Jay Scheel (#2) turns on the jets for an electrifying 81 yard punt return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter in Union’s first round playoff game against Cascade. A furious comeback by the Knights ran out of time, as the Cougars won, 30-27. Photo by Mary Bauer.

The Union Knights advanced to play postseason football for the sixth consecutive season under Head Coach Joe Hadachek, knowing it would take improved play to defeat the Cascade Cougars, a team that had beaten them, 30-21, on September 27.

Despite a spirited effort from the Knights, scoring in the rematch followed a script similar to the teams’ first encounter, where Union spotted the Cougars a 17 point lead before rallying. This time, the Knights trailed, 16-0, before stunning the home team with a drive that started on their own 15 yard line with just 42 seconds remaining in the first half. Union, with no timeouts left, covered 85 yards, most of it coming on two pass plays from Jay Scheel to Brady Driscol, the last one as time expired on the second quarter clock.

Trailing 16-7, the Knights hoped to build some momentum in the second half. The combination of turnovers, penalties and big plays from Cascade quarterback, Derek Lieurance, though, allowed the Cougars to extend their lead to 30-13.

Union refused to quit, however, rallying to score two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game. Jay Scheel’s 81 yard punt return and 33 yard touchdown pass to Tate Hadachek left the Knights out of time and three points short on the scoreboard.