With raindrops dripping off his hat, Don Clegg forged a small smile as he slowly walked back to the sideline.
How did his Wilson Rams do it?
The longtime Rams’ coach wasn’t really sure.
But they did, coming back from a two-touchdown deficit to stun Lake Washington, 15-12, in double overtime in a Class 3A district playoff Saturday night at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Wilson (6-4) will play at Kennewick next weekend in the first round of the state playoffs.
Alex Greenleaf booted a 22-yard field goal in the second overtime to give the Rams a 15-12 lead, and they secured it when Malik Hudson picked off Lake Washington quarterback Adam Long in the right flat.
Greenleaf missed a 46-yard field goal in the first OT, and a PAT kick with four seconds remaining in regulation that would have won it earlier.
Trailing 12-6, Wilson drove 95 yards in the final 2:06. The big play came on Alex Motonaga’s 76-yard completion to Hudson.
“We called a wheel route to our slot guy (Hudson), and I just threw it up there,” Motonaga said.
And it stayed up there a long time before Hudson grabbed it along the right sideline, and scooted to the Kangs’ 7.
“My eyes got pretty big,” Motonaga said.
With time running down, Motonaga rolled out and lofted a 7-yard jump-ball touchdown pass to tight end A.J. Ruffin in the right end zone with four seconds remaining.
After two Lake Washington timeouts, Greenleaf’s PAT kick missed, and the game went into overtime — where the Rams found a way.
After a slow first half, the Rams rolled up 264 yards in the second half and overtime periods, to Lake Washington’s 68.
“We made it hard on ourselves at times with penalties,” Clegg said. “But the kids persevered. If I was to say anything about this team, they persevered. I don’t know how. I really don’t know how.”
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