Shelton racked up plenty of offense in its showdown with Daniel Hand on Friday.
The Tigers, however, piled up a little more.
Tyler Phan’s 29-yard field goal with 24 seconds left lifted Hand to a 44-41 win at Finn Stadium.
The game-winning kick was ultimately a bit of redemption for Phan, who missed an extra point three minutes earlier to keep it 41-41. It was his first missed PAT this year.
“One of my goals coming into this season was to be perfect on extra points,” the junior said. “I lifted my head up too early in a critical moment and it could’ve cost us the game. But I’m glad our offense was able to go back down the field.”
Phan didn’t let his earlier miss or Shelton’s time out immediately before his field-goal try bother him.
“Obviously I hear their crowd, their chants, they’re trying to faze me. … That didn’t mess me up or anything,” Phan said.
Hand coach Steve Filippone knew his kicker would ultimately step up.
“Talk about kids and resilency. … It would’ve went through from 35 (yards) or 40,” said Filippone, whose team improved to 6-1.
Shelton dropped to 5-2.