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November 5, 2017

To the superstitious, a full moon is believed to elicit patterns of unpredictable human behavior.

If you believe in that sort of stuff, then consider Minooka head coach Terry McCombs as unpredictable as they come.

With a full moon overhead, the No.15 seeded Indians were deadlocked at 34-34 in overtime with the 2nd-seeded Barrington Broncos in the second round of the 8A playoffs. That's when the 70-year old coach called a play the team had not used all year. A play that worked to perfection.

"Just a simple lateral pass back to the tackle," said McCombs. "We had to go into our bag of tricks a little tonight."

Facing fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Indians quarterback Zach Gessner tossed a pass to defensive lineman Derek Wentworth who rumbled into the end zone to give the visitors a 41-34 lead. It was very questionable call as to whether Wentworth was behind the line when he caught the pass, but the referees deemed that he had.

"The offense bailed us out tonight...

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