Apr 17, 2021
VALPARAISO — Braden Contreras never had a doubt that he caught the football.
Valparaiso quarterback Ben Nimz believed his receiver, seeing a foot land in bounds on a fade to the corner of the end zone late in Saturday’s season finale against San Diego. Second-year coach Landon Fox was on the other side of the field without a good vantage point, so he started planning the next play.
Four agonizingly long seconds passed as Contreras pled his case to the officials. Finally, two arms went in the air and Brown Field exploded. When San Diego’s final heave was intercepted less than a minute later, the Victory Bell sounded as Valparaiso pulled out a 20-19 win over the Toreros.
“I caught it, I swear,” Contreras said. “My mind was going a million miles an hour. I just kept yelling ‘I caught it, I caught it.’ I definitely got a ...
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