Over­time thriller

East­side sur­vives im­prob­a­ble come­back, de­feats New­ton 29-27

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

Maybe it was the full moon. Maybe it was a case of one team's determination to over come the odds. What­ever was the case, East­side and New­ton put on a show in front of a packed Sharp Sta­dium Fri­day with the Ea­gles es­cap­ing with a 29-27 dou­ble-over­time win to claim the county cham­pi­onship.

Justin Wray scored the go-ahead touch­down in the sec­ond over­time and the Brod­er­ick Alexan­der's 2point con­ver­sion forced New­ton to score and go for two. Demetrius McCray an­swered with a touch­down for the Rams but the Ea­gles stopped him on the 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt to seal the victory.

“My hat’s off to (New­ton coach) Nick (Collins) and that team. They played their butts off,” East­side coach Rick Hurst said.

New­ton used a 23-play drive that en­com­passed nearly the en­tire fourth quar­ter to score the ty­ing touch­down with 1.3 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion and force over­time.

In over­time, both teams failed to score on its first pos­ses­sion. Af­ter New­ton missed a 27-yard field goal, East­side had the ball in­side the 10yard line need­ing only a field goal to win. The Ea­gles elected to go for a touch­down and Wray's third-down pass over the mid­dle was picked off by line­backer Quin­ton Pooler.

“That call got through and I agreed to it and I shouldn’t have,” Hurst said. “I told the kicker if we got the ball in­side the 10, I was go­ing to give him a shot to win the ball game. I have to do a bet­ter job of that.”

East­side cap­i­tal­ized on its next pos­ses­sion as Wray scored on a 6yard run. The Ea­gles lined up for the ex­tra point but an il­le­gal for­ma­tion penalty against the Rams gave them the ball on the one and Hurst elected to go for the two-point con­ver­sion. The call paid off and the Ea­gles took an eight-point lead.

New­ton re­sponded on its at­tempt from the 15-yard line as McCray scored on a 6-yard touch­down run. Need­ing the two-point con­ver­sion to ex­tend over­time, McCray took a quar­ter­back op­tion to the left side but came up short as Zach John­son shot the gap and tack­led him for a loss and pre­serve the win.

“I felt like they were com­ing back with the ex­act same play,” Hurst said.

Marks walked and stole sec­ond and third, then Springer walked then stole her way to sec­ond and third.

Marks came in on a wild pitch be­fore Springer raced home on yet an­other wild pitch.

Shea McIn­erny walked and stole sec­ond and made it to third safely on the over­throw be­fore com­ing in on a wild pitch.

Haleigh Hig­gins walked and went to sec­ond on a wild pitch and rounded the base to end up on third be­fore she also came home on a wild pitch.

The Lady Raiders came up in the top of the fourth the same way they did in the pre­vi­ous in­nings with Shep­pard send­ing Redan bat­ters back to the dugout in a hurry, get­ting two strike­outs in the in­ning.

The Lady Rams did like­wise in their half of the fourth go­ing three up and three down, but the dam­age had been done.

In the top of the fifth, the Lady Raiders lead­off hit­ter went down swing­ing, the next two hit­ters walked set­ting up a dou­ble steal at­tempt.

New­ton’s de­fense thwarted the dou­ble steal at­tempt by turn­ing a stun­ning 2-5-4 dou­ble play.

Marks came up out of her crouch be­hind the plate and ri­fled a throw to Springer who caught the run­ner at third.

Springer made the tag then caught the run­ner go­ing to sec­ond on the tail end of the dou­ble play to end the in­ning and give the Lady Rams the 8-0 run-rule re­gion victory.

“We’ve strug­gled the last few games.” said New­ton coach Ja- son La Chap­pelle. “It was a good win for us be­cause it was a re­gion win, and it’s al­ways a good to get a win in your re­gion.”

New­ton ended with eight runs off three hits, while Shep­pard held Redan score­less and gave up just one hit.

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

Oh what a game: Bran­don Pet­tit (57) jumps in the air af­ter Zach John­son (16) made the game sav­ing tackle of New­ton quar­ter­back Demetrius McCray (7) in the sec­ond over­time of East­side's 29-27 win at Sharp Sta­dium Fri­day.

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