Senior Jyron Walker connected with sophomore Joshua Matthews on a 46-yard Hail Mary on game’s final play as No. 10 Dunham rallied for a 27-24 Division III road playoff win over Menard on Friday.

The Advocate: What did it feel like when you released the pass?

Jyron Walker: I threw the ball as high and as far as I could. It went 55 yards in the air. It seemed like a dream at first and was quiet for three seconds. Then I saw Joshua make the catch, and I ran to the end zone to celebrate.

The Advocate: Needing 72 yards with just 50 seconds left, what was your mentality at QB?

Jyron Walker: I knew we needed a couple of first downs. We completed some passes and got out of bounds. That put us into range for the Hail Mary, which we practice every week. We completed a Hail Mary at the end of the first half against Episcopal. We believe we can make that play.

The Advocate: What were you thinking on your route?

Joshua Matthews: My heart started beating real fast. I just ran hard and saw the ball in the air. I didn’t jump early. When the defensive player tipped the ball, I just grabbed it off one of the defensive player’s hands. I knew Jyron could make the throw.

The Advocate: What do you think about your team’s execution?

Dunham coach Neil Weiner: We showed great resiliency. To see the players make it happen was awesome. We may need to throw to Joshua Matthews more. That is his second catch of the season and both have been touchdowns.

Chris Chapple