On the final play of regulation, Seton Catholic’s CJ Hamblin took an end-around sweep then threw a deep pass that went through his receiver’s hands, nearly providing a thrilling end to the Cougars’ season opener against Columbia-White Salmon.
As he headed for overtime, Hamblin glanced to the sideline and said: “That would have been juicy if we had pulled that off.”
After Columbia had taken a six-point lead on Austin Charters’ 15-yard touchdown catch on fourth-and-10, Hamblin again took the handoff on Seton’s first offensive play in overtime.
As the Bruin defense collapsed on Hamblin, the junior lofted the ball to a wide-open Lance Stuck for a touchdown.
Then Elijah Volk took a short pass and powered into the end zone on the conversion, giving the Cougars a 28-26 win in Dennis Herling’s first game as Seton’s head coach.