DENVER - The clock read :00.7, but there really wasn't any secret to it.
Fairview had the ball at the Mullen 15-yard line inside the final minute and Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl was either going to convert a game-winning 33-yard field goal to win the game or miss it and lose it.
He made it.
The Knights place-kicker, who also enjoyed assorted moments at wide receiver during Friday night's Mt. Cameron League showdown at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at de la Salle Stadium, calmly booted one high, long and true between the posts to cap a real slugfest, won 18-16 by Fairview.
Now 7-1 overall, it was a vital victory for Fairview as it hopes to catch league-leading Columbine, which gave it it's only loss a couple of weeks ago, at the top of the league or as runner-up.
Mullen dipped to 3-5, 1-2.
"Yeah, we battled back and forth," Knights quarterback Aidan Atkinson said. "Our turnovers really hurt us, but we rallied."
Atkinson was picked off three times and even had one returned for a touchdown by Mullen's Adrian Jackson, who will play at Oregon, that was called back because of penalty, but a drive that began with 2:31 to play with the Knights at their own 20 was capped by a kicker that every Fairvew player believed in - and it could have been 33 yards or 43 yards, they were with him.
"Tevye is just an amazing kicker for us," senior running back Mariano Kemp said. "Lats year, he was 39-for-39 on touchbacks and every PAT he attempted he cleaned."
Fairview began and ended the game with scoring drives. The first was capped by Matt Greenwald catching a 43-yard double pass from Jake Sheerin, but until the end all the Knights could muster in between was a 2-yard bulldozing run by Kemp in the third quarter.
On the final drive, Atkinson was sharp, going 3-for-3 for 66 yards, the biggie a 33-yarder in traffic to Schuettpelz-Rohl. Kemp's 4-yard run set up the field goal.
Earlier, an injury-riddled Mullen, reduced to more smashmouth play than finesse, looked like it would win the fight - "It was a tough one," Kemp said - with Colorado State pledge A'Jon Vivens scoring from the 1 following an early snap in shotgun formation that led to a fourth Fairview turnover, a fumble.
However, Mullen's defensive struggles continued and the Knights marched quickly.
"We're just glad we came out with the 'W'," Atkinson said.
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Fairview 18, Mullen 16
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Fairview — Matt Greenwald 43 pass from Jake Sheerin (Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl kick), 7:56.
Mullen — FG Vincenzo Saurini 36, 4:09. Mullen — Damien Cearns 55 run (kick failed), 1:12.
Fairview — Mariano Kemp 2 run (Miles Morton pass from Aidan Atkinson), 4:49.
Mullen — A'Jon Vivens 1 run (Saurini kick), 2:31. Fairview — FG Schuettpelz-Rohl 33, 0:00.