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What a shocker!

The atmosphere was electric when the Brooklyn Bolts crushed the formerly undefeated Omaha Mammoths 15–13 with a last-minute field goal on Oct. 24, continuing the team’s winning streak.

One thunderhead said the late-game goal made up for the kicker’s otherwise weak performance.

“Kicking was a problem in that game but he came through when it mattered,” said superfan Nick Orlando. “It was beautiful.”

But the Bolts’ shocking triumph started minutes earlier in the game. After a lackluster third quarter, the team rallied like a freak summer storm.

Down one point with three minutes on the clock, the Bolts blocked a Mammoth field goal attempt from deep in the red zone. Recharged by the miracle stop, the Bolts mounted a final drive with a new surge of energy. The squad made incremental gains, but quarterback Kolton Browning just couldn’t connect with star receiver Kevin Elliot on the wing. With a little more than a minute left, Browning found the alternative he needed, lobbing a bomb over the middle to tight end A.C. “Alternating Current” Leonard for a team-record 49-yard gain.

The bolt-from-the-blue play was just what the team needed, one fan said.

“Didn’t I say they need to throw it up the middle?” said thunderhead Rick Lundberg in a frenzy of excitement.

The Mammoths discharged the Bolts’ next three tries, and on fourth down, kicker Nick Marsh took the field. The Rutgers alum was 0–3 on extra-point and field goal attempts Friday night, and standing well outside the red zone, the odds were stacked in the Mammoths’ favor. MCU Park fell silent — the calm before the storm — and even the most clamorous thunderheads in sections 17 and 19 brought their rowdy energy down to a low rumble. The house polka band rested a few bars. The beer taps halted their amber flow.

Then it happened — the snap, the hold, and a powerful boot from Marsh sent the pigskin sailing a record 36 yards through the uprights.

And in a flash, it was over, and the Mammoths wiped out.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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