High School Sports

Late heroics lift Falcons to win over Pinewood

Ben Lippen emerged with an dramatic 34-28 double overtime win over Pinewood Prep on Sept. 12 at Hathaway-Weeber Stadium.

BL scored first as Xan Mangum returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Pinewood answered later in the first quarter and scored again midway through the second quarter to lead 14-7 at the half. Neither team scored in the third quarter. Pinewood scored on a long drive in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 21-7 with a little over six minutes to play. BL managed to trim the lead to 21-14 on a long scoring pass from Carter to Mangum with three and a half minutes to play. BL’s defense was unable to stop Pinewood on its first third down play on the next drive but eventually held forcing a punt. With 47 seconds to play and no timeouts, BL took possession on its own 22-yard line. A holding penalty on Pinewood gave BL a first down at midfield with 25 seconds to play. Mitchell Deter caught a pass from Carter and stepped out of bounds on the Pinewood 40 with 1.5 seconds to play. On the ensuing play, Carter scrambled and threw a hail-mary pass that Xan Mangum caught in the end-zone for a touchdown as time expired. Jonathan Cochrane kicked the PAT to send the game to overtime. Pinewood had the first possession in overtime and scored on their second play. After the kick, Pinewood led 28-21. BL was forced to start their overtime possession on the 15 after running into the kicker on the PAT. Carter completed a TD pass to Mitchell Deter on the first play and Cochrane once again made the PAT to tie the game at 28. BL had the first possession in the second overtime, and on fourth and nine from the nine, Carter connected with Mitchell Deter once again for a td. Cochrane pulled his pat attempt leaving BL with a 34-28 lead. Tackles by Chris Fairfax, Jimmy Carlen, and Mick Shoemaker on successive plays left Pinewood with fourth down and eight from the eight yard line. Pinewood Prep’s QB scrambled and at the last second lobbed a pass into the corner of the end zone that was deflected and intercepted.

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