10 years ago tonight, the Elder Panthers ended the nation’s longest active high school football winning streak by defeating the Charlotte Independence Patriots in OT 41-34 at Nippert Stadium. The Patriots came into the game having won 109 consecutive games and were ranked #3 nationally by USA Today.
Tom Groeschen summarized the game for the Cincinnati Enquirer:
The Panthers scored on their second play of overtime, a 14-yard TD pass from quarterback Johnny Groene to wideout Josh Jones. Anthony Miliano’s PAT made it 41-34.
Elder defensive back Keith Hamberg ended the game on an interception, with Independence facing a third-and-9 situation at the Elder 19-yard line. Hamberg snared the ball, which immediately ended the game, and then Hamberg and Elder players charged wildly and happily onto the field.
Elder RB Nick Gramke scored three touchdowns. TE Kyle Rudolph add two scores of his own and an incredible catch on fourth down.
John Groene connected with Josh Jones for the game winning TD in overtime
Keith Hamberg sealed Elder’s win with an interception: