Episcopal’s Austin Couvillion kicked a 22-yard field goal with 47.6 seconds remaining to lift the Knights to a 17-14 victory over homestanding Dunham Friday night.
Episcopal (7-2, 4-1) finished second in District 7-2A and should host a home playoff game next week. Dunham (5-5, 2-3) also expects to make the playoffs but will likely travel.
Couvillion, a junior, missed a 33-yard field to the left and had a 44-yard try blocked on the final play of the second quarter by Dunham’s Chase Day.
“We tightened up our field goal blocking because we knew Dunham was going after the kick again,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “We executed and Austin made a big kick. Our fullback, Clement Mubungirwa, was a workhorse and had a great game. The was a playoff-like atmosphere and gives us a lift heading into the playoffs.”
Mubungirwa rushed 25 times for 138 yards. He scored on second-quarter scoring runs of 10 and 3 yards and now has 11 rushing TDs on the season.
Dunham’s Harrison Domingue, who scored 50 points in last week’s win over Redemptorist, led the Tigers with 118 yards on 18 carries. Domingue’s 1-yard scoring run and the extra point by Julian LaPrairie with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter tied the game at 14-14. That capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive for the Tigers to begin the third quarter.
Dunham got the ball three more times. The first two series produced one first down and ended with punts.
Episcopal’s winning drive covered 40 yards in nine plays. Mubungirwa had three runs of 10 or more yards in the drive. His 25-yard run ended in a fumble, but the officials ruled he was down. Four plays later, Couvillion hit the winning kick.
“We were right on top of that kick at the end,” Dunham coach Guy Mistretta said. “Football is a game of inches and they got it. It was a tough one to lose.
“I was proud of the guys. In the two years I’ve been here, it was the most effort and toughest they’ve played. We had a good week of preparation. We feel like we’re playing our best football at the right time.”
Taking over with 38.4 seconds remaining, Dunham had one more chance. The Tigers picked up one first down. On the final play, quarterback Nick Nezami completed an 8-yard pass to Grayson Domingue, who pitched to brother Harrison Domingue. Episcopal quickly smothered the back.
“We knew we had to gang tackle Harrison Domingue,” Bourgeois said. “Holding Dunham, which is a high-scoring team, to 14 points was a good effort by our defense.”
Domingue lost two fumbles in the first half.
Episcopal’s Brennan Bienasz had a 12-yard punt return to Dunham’s 39-yard line that set up the first score. Following a 6-yard pass from Jason Roussel to Spencer Kleinpeter, Mubungirwa had runs of 2, 21 and his 10-yard scoring run. EHS led 7-0 with 8:06 left in the second quarter.
Roussel passed 28 yards to Joshua Posner on third and long for the key play in the second drive. Mubungirwa scored from 3 yards out as EHS led 14-0 with 3:49 remaining.
Dunham’s Austin Henriksen returned the ensuing kickoff 32 yards. Dunham drove 48 yards in three plays. Nezami passed 32 yards to Jacob Dawson as Dunham cut the deficit to 14-7 with 2:57 remaining in the half.
Roussel completed 8 of 13 passes for 101 yards. Bienasz had two catches for 45 yards. Grayson Domingue had four catches for 48 yards and Andrew Wilkinson two catches for 39 yards for Dunham.