With his team down by three, but with the ball at the Eisenhower 5 and the final seconds ticking off the clock, Tyree called for Springer to spike the ball, hoping to have two seconds on the clock to kick the game-tying field goal. Instead of throwing the ball into the ground, Springer got the snap and took off for the goal line, scoring as time expired, and giving Miller a 27-24 Citrus Belt League victory over Eisenhower on Friday night. FONTANA – A third-string quarterback is not normally supposed to ignore the play calls of the head coach. But A.B. Miller’s A.J. Springer did, and coach John Tyree did not mind. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I was going to spike it, but saw three … two.. one…,” Springer explained to his laughing coach after the game. It looked like Miller was going to slam the door earlier in the fourth quarter. Springer hit receiver Rudy Sanchez for a 34-yard TD pass, putting the Rebels up 21-17. Eisenhower’s potent run game, led by senior Courtney Randle, kept attacking, but Miller’s defense held into the fourth quarter. The Rebels (2-3, 1-1) had the ball inside the Ike 30 with more than six minutes left, but they failed to convert on a key fourth down play, seemingly opening the door for Ike to come back. They did just that, using nine plays, all rushing, before Randle took one in from 27 yards out, putting the Eagles on top 24-21. There was only 1:41 left in the game, but the sophomore Springer, making his first career start, made the most of it for the Rebels. “When you change horses mid-stream, you’re gonna get your feet wet … we finally found a quarterback who can get it done,” Tyree said. Springer started the final drive with two key option carries, then hit Lawrence Akwaboah for a 27-yard pass, putting the ball on the 3. Two failed runs seemed to set up the spike and field goal attempt, before Springer made his fateful decision and scored the game-winning touchdown. “I felt a little pressure. But I thought if I want to be a starter, this is what starting quarterbacks do,” he said. Springer threw for 116 yards and a TD, while Randle rushed for 214 yards and three TDs for Eisenhower (2-3, 1-1). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!