In a back-and-forth game, the Cougars found themselves trailing by eight points in the final minute. After Lengacher ran for 10 yards to put the ball at the six-yard-line, he had to leave the game with a cramp in his leg. The entire stadium held its breath, but in his absence junior Doug Bays scored a six-yard touchdown and converted the two-point conversion to send the game to overtime.
After scoring on the first play in overtime, Lengacher and the Cougar offense got the ball back down six points in double overtime. After running three plays without finding the end zone, the Cougars faced a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line. Lengacher knew it was up to him to seal the victory.
“I was hoping I didn’t cramp again, and I was thinking I have to get this — everybody is counting on me,” Lengacher said.
He found paydirt from a yard out and then pushed through the North Knox defense for the winning conversion in the 35-33 victory.
With a record of 6-2, North Daviess has bounced back from a disappointing 5-7 campaign last season.
Helms says one of the reasons for the turnaround is the leader Lengacher has become as he’s become a man on and off the field. The Cougars will go as far as Lengacher’s legs will take them, but one thing is for sure —he’s going to leave it all out on the field for his teammates and his school.