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Clearwater rallies to win PCAC title

The Tornadoes tie it in the final minute and beat Boca Ciega 21-14 in double-overtime.

By JOHN SCHWARB

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 23, 2001


CLEARWATER -- Joe Montana, meet Kasie Muchler.

Her late-game heroics might look familiar.

The junior quarterback engineered a textbook two-minute drill in 30 seconds Tuesday night, lifting Clearwater off of the deck and into double-overtime, where it beat Boca Ciega 21-14 in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship. "It was, "Whoa.' That's all I can say, "Whoa,"' the junior quarterback said.

After Bogie went three-and-out late in the fourth quarter, Clearwater took over down 14-6 with 45 seconds left and 46 yards to the end zone.

Muchler dashed out of bounds after a 9-yard gain on first down, hit Talya Adams for a 24-yard strike at the Bogie 13 and completed the drive with a floater to Adams in the back of the end zone with 15 seconds left.

Clearwater (8-0) still had to make a two-point conversion to tie the game.

Muchler took care of that, dashing around the right side to tie the game at 14.

"We kept falling back," Boca Ciega's Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen said. "I tried to tell (my teammates) the whole game, she's going to run it. And if we get into a running match with Kasie Muchler, she's going to beat us."

In the first overtime, a perfect strike to the end zone went off the hands of two Clearwater receivers, leaving Muchler visibly angry. But she regrouped and took matters into her own hands again in the second overtime, scoring the winning touchdown on a 6-yard keeper.

"I was worried about being a ball hog, but everyone was like, "Kasie, it's the championship game, we do not care,"' Muchler said.

Boca Ciega (6-2) got the ball back with a chance to tie but failed on four tries from the 20. A last-ditch pass from Roegiers-Jensen was picked off by Melanie Dorsey.

Roegiers-Jensen was the star of the game early. She scampered for a 59-yard touchdown run on the Pirates' first play from scrimmage, intercepted a Clearwater extra-point try and returned it 83 yards for two points and caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Colleen Bowman.

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