BRODHEAD, Wis. - Beloit Turner needed a victory in the worst of ways.
A trio of Trojans delivered Turner from the abyss of a potential 1-4 record Friday night in Brodhead.
Dai`Vontrelle Strong caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone with 29 seconds left to lift Beloit Turner (2-3) to a wild 40-33 victory over Brodhead-Juda. (2-3)
Strong's catch capped a nine-play, 59-yard drive that began with 4:16 to play, and came directly after the Cardinals had rallied to take their first lead of the game on a 13-yard touchdown run from Dalton Naramore.
The game was an offensive bonanza, with a combined 862 total yards, 39 first downs and just four total punts.
Kenny Draeving did it all for the Trojans, going 21-for-34 with 333 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing 13 times for 102 yards and a score. The total represented a school record for Turner, with Draeving breaking the 2005 record Zach Colby set against Clinton.
Nick Naramore rushed 12 times for 176 yards and three TDs to key the Brodhead-Juda attack, while Dalton Naramore rushed 11 times for 69 yards and the go-ahead score.
"This could be a catalyst for us," Turner coach Derek Diehl said. "We're going to celebrate the win this weekend, but we are going to replay the concept that we used tonight starting Monday in practice. We're going to continue to work, continue to improve and fix the things that are fixable. We really needed some success, and we found it all over the field tonight."
The final touchdown to Strong had an interesting twist: It was thrown by backup quarterback Danny Burrows.
Draeving had just converted a quarterback sneak by a matter of inches on fourth-and-two. He injured his leg in the pile-up, and when the Trojans lined up on first-and-10 from the 20 with 42 seconds left, Diehl turned to Burrows, with the encouragement from the banged-up Draeving.
"He obviously wanted to play, and Kenny is the guy we would want making that throw in the corner," Diehl said. "He told me he could make the throw. But when I asked him if he could make the throw as good as Danny could right now, he looked at Danny, slapped him on the butt and told him to go win the game.
"For a senior quarterback to have that kind of faith in his replacement for next year, and that reflection in that big moment, to know his limitations, and to let someone else in the game, that character is hard to find these days, and that's why we love Kenny Draeving."
Strong, who finished with six catches for 124 yards, said the throw might not have been technically pretty, but it was perfect.
"We ran that the play before and it got messed up," Strong said. "So coach asked me what I could do and I told him I could do anything to help this team win. Everybody had to put their faith in Danny, and he put the ball right on the dot. It might have looked a little sloppy from the sidelines, but in my mind it was a perfect pass."
Cardinals coach Jim Matthys, who saw his team fall behind 14-0 in the first quarter, was disappointed with how his team began the game.
"I kept telling these guys all week that they are going to have to be ready to play," Matthys said. "And we didn't come out strong. We had guys making some mental mistakes too that really cost us the game."
Turner led 26-14 after a wild first half.
Beloit Turner 40, Brodhead-Juda 33
Beloit Turner 14 12 6 8- 40
Brodhead-Juda 7 7 13 6- 33
BT: Bivens, 15 run (Lopez kick)
BT: Frey, 14 pass from Draeving (Lopez kick)
BJ: Nick Naramore, 8 run (Hoesley kick)
BT: Diehl, 1 run (kick missed)
BJ: Dalton Naramore, 56 pass from Walker (Hoesley kick)
BT: Revels, 1 pass from Draeving (pass fail)
BJ: Nick Naramore, 44 run (Hoesley kick)
BT: Draeving, 2 run (run failed)
BJ: Nick Naramore, 59 run (Pass fail)
BT: Dalton Naramore, 13 run (pass failed)
BT: Strong, 20 pass from Burrows (Burrows run)
Team stats; First downs, BT 23, BJ 16; Passing: BT: 36-22-1, 353 yards. BJ, 10-5-1, 84 yards. Rushing: BT, 31-134; BJ, 33-291; Total yards: BT 487, BJ 375; Punts: BT, 2-21.5; BJ, 2-35.0; Fumbles: BT, 1-0; BJ 0-0;. Penalties: BT 11-95; BJ, 3-25.
Leaders: Passing: BT, Draeving 34-21, 333 yards-2-1; BJ, Walker 9-5-84-1. Rushing: BT, Bivens 12-32, Draeving 13-102. BJ, Dalton Naramore 11-69; Nick Naramore 12-176-3. Receiving: BJ, Dalton Naramore 1-56; BT, Strong 6-124, Combs 6-88.