Posted On: 10/30/18 4:57 AM

The pivotal sequence of the Eastview Lightning's opening round 6A playoff game against Robbinsdale Armstrong came late in the first half. Trailing 14-6, Armstrong was out of timeouts but had a first and goal at the one with less than a minute to play.
On first down, Jack VandeBerg got underneath the Falcons' offensive line and stuffed a run up the middle on first and goal. On second down, Armstrong tried to pass, but PJ Swanson tracked down the quarterback for a ten-yard loss. Now forced to pass, Armstrong threw a fade into the corner of the end zone, but cornerback Derek Rauch knocked the ball harmlessly to the ground. The entire secondary had good coverage on fourth down, and the quarterback's throw was nowhere near an intended target. Although it was the biggest moment of the game, the Lightning had plenty of individual moments before and after the half ending goal-line stand to come away with their 21-12 victory.
Rauch's fingerprints were all over the Lightning's home victory. He started the game with a long kick return. At defensive back, he undercut a crossing route to knock down

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