The Bobcats then came up with the defensive play of the game with a 15-yard sack on second down that put Strawn in a not-so-desirable third-and-25 situation from their own 10.
Harrison Nowak completed a pass to Tyler Bays for five yards on third down as the game – and the Strawn season – came down to a fourth-and-20 play.
On fourth down, a pass intended for Alison fell incomplete and Newcastle ran out the clock to seal the win.
Strawn head coach Dewaine Lee said he was proud of his team for playing hard and until the bitter end in what might be referred to as an “instant classic.”
“It was a great game, and Newcastle has a great ball club,” Lee said. “We played very good at times, but the ball didn’t bounce our way at the end.
“I thought it was a hard-fought battle between two good teams. In six man football, every possession counts and PATs are big.
“I am very proud of my kids, and it was a heck of a game even though it is tough to go out this way.”
The ‘Hounds jumped out to a 24-6 lead in the opening period. King had a pair of three-yard TD runs, and he caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Nowak. Trujillo was also true on all three PAT kicks.
In the second quarter, Newcastle scored three times and held the ‘Hounds to one score.
Mays threw a 43-yard TD strike to Nathan Wilson; H.R. Shields ran for a 21-yard score; and Hardin scored on a 65-yard sprint with seven seconds left in the half.
The final NHS touchdown of the first half came when it appeared the Bobcats might run out the clock. The TD ended up having a huge impact on the outcome of the game.