Trojans display resolve in last-second victory
Forest Park’s Tommy Peltoma (6) leads a group of Trojan tacklers in stopping a Stephenson ball carrier during FP’s wild and entertaining 48-40 win over the Eagles on Sept. 14 at Dick Mettlach Field.
CRYSTAL FALLS—At its best, athletic competition provides participants with great challenges. On Sept. 14, the Forest Park football team was faced with one of those tests.
Having watched their 12-point halftime lead dissolve and facing the possibility of a 1-3 start to their season, the Trojans dug deep and showed their mettle, embarking on a 62-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes to edge previously unbeaten Stephenson 48-40 in a Great Lakes Eight Conference West game at Dick Mettlach Field.
Tommy Peltoma hit Tommy Showers with a 7-yard touchdown strike with less than 30 seconds to play to lift FP to its second win of the season.
“I thought our guys played with a lot of heart,” FP coach Dave Graff said. “We have the lead, then it’s back and forth and back and forth and we give up the lead. It would have been very easy to pack it in. But we showed enough resolve to keep fighting.”
Known for its punishing running game, Forest Park took to the air on the game-winning drive as Peltoma connected with Showers three times on the march. For the game, Showers hauled in five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns