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La Center roars back from 25 points down to win at Mount Baker, 26-25

Wildcats fell behind 25-0 with 6:57 to play in third quarter

The Columbian

Ben Rembisz’s 23-yard field goal with 9 seconds to play, lifted the La Center Wildcats to an improbable 26-25 come-from-behind non-league football victory at Mount Baker on Saturday.

The Wildcats (5-1) trailed 25-0 with 6:57 to play in the third quarter and roared back in the second half with the help of two onside kick recoveries.

After Jalen Ward’s 65-yard run got the Wildcats on the board, La Center recovered an onside kick that bounced off a Mount Baker player. The ensuing drive led to a 21-yard field goal by Rembisz and it was 25-10 going into the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats kept clawing back as Tru Feldman scored on a 6-yard run, but the 2-point try failed, so Mount Baker led 25-16 with 3:33 remaining.

With Mount Baker driving, La Center’s Adam White stripped the ball away and ran 75 yards for a TD and suddenly it was 25-23 with 54 seconds to go.

Again, Mount Baker couldn’t handle the onside kick and La Center recovered.

Levi Giles caught a pass for a first down with 20 seconds to play, and Feldman ran the ball down to the 6-yard line with 12 seconds on the clock to set up Rembisz’s go-ahead field-goal try, which split the uprights to give the Wildcats their first — and only — lead of the game.


La Center 0 0 10 16—26

Mount Baker 6 13 6 0—25

First quarter

MB — Marcques George 38 run (kick failed)

Second quarter

MB — Landon Hansted 53 pass from Landon Smith (kick failed)

MB — Hansted 15 pass from Smith (kick good)

Third quarter

MB — William Maloley 5 run (kick failed)

LC — Jalen Ward 65 run (Ben Rembisz kick)

LC — Rembisz 21 FG

Fourth quarter

LC — Tru Feldman 6 run (2-pt try failed)

LC — Adam White 75 fumble return (Rembisz kick)

LC — Rembisz 23 FG