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Time running out, Antelopes pull off dramatic play to snag state title

Adrian/Jordan Valley’s Wes Bayes celebrates moments after the Class 1A football state championship game Saturday. Adrian/Jordan Valley defeated St. Paul 38-32 to claim its first state title since 2014. (For the Enterprise/Angie Silonis)

HERMISTON – The play is called “Bubble Gum” and Saturday afternoon it won a state football championship for Adrian/Jordan Valley.

With one minute and thirty-nine seconds to go in the Antelopes Class 1A game against St. Paul, Adrian faced a 32-30 deficit and had the ball on its own 20-yard line.

A season’s worth of pain, sacrifice and high hopes dangled in the balance for Adrian/Jordan Valley (13-0) and the promised land – the end zone – stood 80 yards away.

Before they stepped back out onto the field to take possession, the Adrian/Jordan . . .