History repeated its yesterday on a day when the East York Goliaths staged one of the most improbable comebacks of the high school football season.
In one of the most dramatic endings one will ever see at any level of competition, Torell Parsons would haul in a 35-yard touchdown reception on third down and with 32 seconds remaining to lift the Goliaths to a stunning 21-20 win over the host Northern Red Knights.
It was exactly one year ago today on the same field and under similar circumstances that East York produced a late-game 20-17 win to claim the city's South Region championship.
As was the case last season, yesterday's remarkable climax would leave the Goliaths in a state of bliss and Northern in a state of shock.
"We showed people we're giant killers," Parsons said. "This win is more satisfying."
Throughout the afternoon, the Goliaths had a difficult time throwing the football, relying almost exclusively on their ground game.
On the game's most fateful play, Eddie Urquhart lined up under centre in one last-gasp effort and hooked up with Parsons, who ran a simple fly pattern down the seam.
"They were expecting the run," Parson said. "When I saw the ball in the air I knew it was mine. There was nothing but pure adrenalin and excitement when I crossed the goalline."
Both teams played hard from the opening kickoff until the final whistle and the game was ultimately decided by turnovers with Northern guilty of too many mistakes.
East York's winning score was set up by a Northern fumble. On the previous sequence, the Red Knights forced a Goliaths turnover on downs and appeared to have the game under control with 1:40 to play.
"We made the wrong plays at the wrong time," Northern head coach Dan Dominico said.
Northern lost star linebacker Matt Adetuyi on the game's opening series when he injured a knee. Dominico planned to use Adetuyi in the backfield as a running back.
Bedlam erupted as time expired and some bitter feelings boiled over in the stunning aftermath with one Northern player smashing a school window with his helmet.
Earlier, Northern's junior team claimed the South Region championship by beating Lawrence Park 34-0. The junior Red Knights advance to next week's city-wide semi-final, joining the final four that includes Malvern, Silverthorn and Michael Power.
The senior semis will feature East York, Newtonbrook, Silverthorn and defending city-wide champions Richview.