In his 12-year head coaching career, Thayer Central’s Jereme Jones had never had the pleasure of coaching a team that scored a game-winning touchdown in the final minute.
Titans quarterback Logan Wiedel and receiver Phillip Price’s last-minute heroics ended that drought for Jones on Friday at Southern.
“This is right up there in exciting wins. In my 12 years as a head coach, it was the first time I’ve ever had a game come down to my team needing a last-minute drive to win. I’ve been on the other side before, but never with the ball,” Jones said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our young men.”
Wiedel found Price on a 10-yard pass for a score with 4.5 seconds remaining in the game to secure the Titans second win in a row -- after starting the season 0-3 -- by the score of 36-31. The game-winning drive came after Southern took the lead with 1:05 remaining in the game via a 4-yard pass from Drake Adams to Jacob Shepardson.
“This was an unbelievable game all the way around,” Jones said. 
Suspense was plentiful in Thayer Central’s comeback on the road. The Titans started the game with a lost fumble, followed by Southern scoring on their first play. A lost onside kick ensued and Thayer Central found themselves in an 18-6 hole midway through the first quarter.
Wiedel ended the quarter with a 48-yard TD pass to Zach Koss, making it an 18-14 game. Southern and Thayer Central exchanged touchdowns with failed conversions in the second quarter. Jackson Feulner, who made his second start of the season at running back, accounted for the Titans score in the quarter on a 2-yard rush.
“It started as bad as possible for us but the kids showed their character and kept fighting,” Jones said.
Jarod Hergott caught his second touchdown pass of the game on a 7-yard strike from Wiedel with 5 minutes left in the game to give Thayer Central a 30-24 advantage.
Fairbury Journal-News’ Area Athlete of the Week, Logan Wiedel, threw for a career-best 218 yards and four touchdowns on 18-for-30 passing.
Koss led the team in receiving yards with 99 on three receptions and Feulner paced the team on the ground, carry the ball 25 times for 64 yards.
After winning two games in a row to improve to 2-3, Jones believes his team will need to stay in the moment and continue to practice at a high level in order to maintain their success.
Thayer Central will host Tri County on Friday.