White Mounts Comeback to Win 1st Ever Overtime Game
White 20, Blue 14, OT
Quarterback Tyler Adams ran to convert a 4th-and-5 and on the very next play ran for a walk off game-winning 10-yard touchdown run in helping White defeat Blue in the first ever Little Leopards overtime game. White erased a 14-0 fourth quarter deficit to win the Eighth Grade Game 20-14 at Louisville Leopards Stadium Saturday Night.
Earlier in the contest the Blue squad mounted a 14-0 advantage on two touchdown passes by Brody Hahn. The recipients of those scores were Casey Nau and Luke Shepherd. Nau also made the first extra two-point kick for the other score.
White’s memorable comeback was sparked when Michael Seaman intercepted a pass at midfield and returned it all the way to the Blue 8 yard line. This led to an Adams 13 yard touchdown pass to Korey Bowen on 4th-and-Goal with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter. However, the extra point was blocked by the Blue squad leaving the score in their favor at 14-6.
The White defense halted the Blue squad and forced them to punt on the ensuing possession. But, the punt snap sailed away from the punter who was tackled deep in his own territory. White retained possession and Adams completed a 14 yard touchdown pass to the left sideline to Colton Vick. Vick caught the pass around the 8, juked a defender, and then broke the plane inside the left pylon. Max Marino’s extra point kick sailed through the uprights to tie the game at 14-14 with 1:59 left in regulation.
The Blue Squad’s final possession ended with Adams intercepting a pass down the left sideline. White’s final Hail Mary attempt was batted down as time ran out. The game was going to end in a 14-14 tie as the two teams began to line up to shake hands, but after some pleading by coaches and players the game continued with the first ever Little Leopards overtime.
In the first possession of overtime, the Blue squad started from the 20 like a real high school overtime contest. After four plays, they failed to convert a first down giving White an opportunity. The White squad faced the same scenario that Blue faced four plays later when they were setup with a 4th-and-5 from the 15. On the play, Adams rolled to his left and turned on the jets down the left sideline. He outstretched his arms before stepping out of bounds getting just enough for a first down at the 10 yard line.
On the next play Adams rolled to his right following his blocks all the way to the endzone for the game-ending score. White celebrated as they defeated Blue 20-14. Both teams played a brillant game and the future looks bright for the Class of 2017.
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