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Xclusive Speed tops ISI

Eli Brickhandler and Xclusive Speed finished the season with a 4-2 record. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Eli Brickhandler and Xclusive Speed finished the season with a 4-2 record. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

These two teams always have had wild games, and this game did not disappoint one bit. Xclusive Speed, who is the most resilient team in the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, did it again coming back from 14-0. There always seem to be a constant in these comebacks as well in Jurrion Dickey and Eli Brickhandler. 

The game started with Iron Sharpens Iron doing what it always does. It took an early 7-0 lead as the unanimous blue-chip prospect, Jonah Coleman, with an offer list that includes Arizona and Tennessee, truck with 21 yards on two carries. Then Anthony Grigsby hit Marcell Anderson with a 51-yard bomb down the right sideline for the game’s first score. 

Xclusive came back out and it was on offense, but it could not get anything going on the offensive side. The defense held its own, though, coming up with key stops when it needed to, including forcing a fumble when ISI was inside the 5-yard line. Iron Sharpens Iron continually set themselves back with penalties calling back a touchdown and big runs by Coleman and company. This led to a 7-0 score at the end of the first half. 

Then the half hit and both teams were ready to get going, and ISI struck first again as this time Coleman brought it to the house from 45 yards out as Grigsby hit him down the sideline for the second big play touchdown. 

Dickey answered by calling his shot on the next play and scoring his own 75-yard touchdown from Brickhandler. This spark plugged the Xclusive Speed team like Dickey seems to do every single game. 

The Xclusive Speed defense got a turnover on down and the offense took advantage going from the 30 to the endzone quickly with Elias Herrera punching it in from nine yards out. 

ISI was not going away though as they drove and had more big plays and took another shot towards Coleman, but Dickey, playing defense for the first time this year, picked it off at the 1-yard line. Eli Brickhandler once again drove Xclusive Speed down the field like he has many times this year and he got them all the down to the 4-yard line with just 13 seconds left. Then all of a sudden Brickhandler turned into John Elway, jumping into the endzone and flying through the air, being hit in the air and falling into the endzone to go up 21-14 and its first lead of the game. 

Dickey intercepted the final pass of the game, and Xclusive Speed completed the comeback with a 21-14 win.

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