MLK Cougars football team ends storybook season with 32-30 win over Imhotep

 Delane Hart (far right, shown here at the pregame coin flip) would catch the game-winning pass in Thursday's 'Legacy Bowl' game between the MLK Cougars and Imhotep Panthers. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Delane Hart (far right, shown here at the pregame coin flip) would catch the game-winning pass in Thursday's 'Legacy Bowl' game between the MLK Cougars and Imhotep Panthers. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

With just three seconds remaining in the inaugural Legacy Bowl Thanksgiving game, MLK Cougars quarterback Joseph Walker was looking to the sideline when the ball was snapped. It hit him and fell to the turf.

Walker then picked that ball up off the ground at Benjamin Johnston Memorial Stadium, scrambled around and threw a last-ditch pass toward receiver Delane Hart. Hart caught the ball at the two-yard line, spun to his left to evade a tackle and stepped into the end zone setting off a frenzied celebration with a 32-30 win over the Imhotep Cougars.

“I don’t really know how to even explain how it feels,” said Hart after the game. “I saw the fumble, and that’s why I took off to the end zone. Don’t know what it was, but something told me to turn around. I looked back and there the ball was.”

Imhotep, which sat many of its offensive starters after returning from halftime with a 22-6 lead, returns to Johnston Stadium on Saturday for a PIAA playoff game. King ends its season with a 10-3 record and claim over the Legacy Bowl trophy until next Thanksgiving’s game.

NewsWorks will post a full story, with photo gallery and video from Thursday, soon.

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