It took one of the best catches of the year, but O'Neill took down Aquinas Catholic to continue their story book season.
With about six minutes remaining in the game, O'Neill trailed the Monarchs 12-7. That's when Alex Thramer connected Wyatt Liewer for a one-handed snag in the corner of the end zone to give the Eagles the winning score. The ensuing two-point conversion made the final score 15-12.
The game was a defensive struggle from the outset, with O'Neill scoring the first points of the game early in the second quarter on a 15-yard strike from Thramer to Bryce Heiser. Aquinas then countered with two Lane Napier 36-yard rushes to gain their 12-7 lead.
For the night, Thramer was 18 of 28 for 271 yards, his highest output of the year and his fourth 200-yard game of the season.
Bailey Thompson and Jake Young combined to rush for 85 yards against a stout Monarch defense.
Liewer's game-winning grab was just one of his six catches. He gathered 121 yards on the night. Heiser and Justin Appleby each pulled in five grabs for 64 yards.
Young also added 17 total tackles and an interception to help keep the Monarchs' talented offense at bay.
With the win, the Eagles are just one win away from their first state finals appearance since 1982. To get back their, they will have to take down a Boys Town team that shut out previously undefeated Arlington. The game will be next Friday, with a location and kickoff time yet to be announced.