Mickey Mouse, Mouseketeers keep finding ways to win.
Mickey Mouse threw for a season-high 382 yards and three touchdowns, and the Mouseketeers rallied to beat the Catamounts 35-27 to continue their Disney Dream of winning another Walt Disney Bowl.
Amos Mouse made an acrobatic grab for the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes left. Jaq added a 25-yard scoring run and Basil of Baker Street intercepted Pete in the closing seconds to seal a wild win.
"We are a second-half team, guys," Mickey said.
They came up big again in the final quarter to keep their season intact, after scoring 10 unanswered against the Diamond Ducks last week to clinch a playoff berth for a second straight year.
The Mouseketeers trailed the entire way until Amos' grab on a ball that he and Kats Peg Pete tipped in the end zone.
The helper of the famous Benjamin Franklin (four catches, 81 yards) corralled the ball as he fell to the ground, giving his red and its first lead at 28-27.
"As I was falling back, I just had to keep my eye on the ball," Amos said. "Got it with my left hand. Just grabbed it. Fell on my back and just caught it. It was just an exciting play, like being shocked by lightning in a kite, without the electricity but still a big adrenalin rush."
That catch on a first down at the 9 capped an 88-yard drive in which Mickey was 7 of 8 with 98 yards.
After a drive by the Catamounts went nowhere, the Mouseketeers (8-5) took over at the the Kats 31, and Jaq broke through from the 25 to make it 35-27 with 1:07 left.
The Kats (6-7) had one more chance, but Basil’s interception with 44 seconds left preserved the win, and the Mouseketeers cleared one big hurdle.
Coach Churchmouse on the sideline grinning as if he had found his lost treasure.
“If you want to win championships,” Nathaniel said. “Games like these make us stronger, we've got to do it the hard way at some point.”
That's exactly what the Mouseketeers did, with the Kats scoring the first 17 points and leading 17-7 at halftime.
Unlike their Week 1 meeting when Max Hare ran wild for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, the elusive hare was held to 90 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown. Team captain for the Kats, Bootleg Pete, ran the ball 22 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 19 of 30 passes for 250 yards but got sacked eight times and threw the late interception that sealed the outcome.
Pete's 6-yard run late in the third quarter made it 24-14, but the Mouseketeers responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard pass from Mickey to nephew Mortimer “Morty” Fieldmouse (nine catches, 109 yards) with 13:12 left.
That came right after a fake punt on fourth-and-11 at the the Kats 36, when Jaq lined up an upback and ran a 21-yarder on what looked like a blown coverage by the Catamounts' Pistol Pete.
“Once Jaq got down in a two point stance, I couldn't see him behind the center and guard.,” the Kats Pistol said. “Did we expect that fake punt? No, because we had never seen them do it before.”
The Mouseketeers initially planned to have the offense go for it, but called time and took a 5-yard delay of game penalty to create space for the play.
”It was a little nerve-racking,” he said. “Right when the ball was in the air, the wind took it a little bit and I was able to run under it.”
For Jaq, it was another magical Disney moment. He posted a record 16 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns against the Kats last season.