East Sac Prevails in OT

East Sac County scored on the first possession of overtime, and then stopped Southeast Valley one-yard short of the end-zone on the ensuing possession, giving the Raiders a 34-27 win and spoiling the Jaguars homecoming.

The lead never got past one-score all night long.  Southeast Valley scored first on the opening drive, as Niles Johnson ran 15-yards to cap off a 65-yard drive.  The Raiders tied it on the first play of the 2nd quarter, as Marcus Green’s 7-yard dash made it 6-6.  East Sac took advantage of a short field on a blocked punt, going 18-yards, finished off by another Green 7-yard TD run, and Thomas VanGerwen’s PAT made it 13-6.  The Jags tied it on the following possession on a 41-yard TD run by Kyler Fisher.  With just over a minute left in the half, a 39-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Kruse to Chase Swieter put Southeast Valley up 20-13 at halftime.

The Jaguars intercepted a pass on the opening possession of the 3rd quarter, but soon after missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.  East Sac responded with a 13-play 80-yard drive, and Garret Bruce’s one-yard run tied it at 20-20.  Southeast Valley answered right back on the next drive, getting a touchdown pass on 4th and goal from the 5 to take a 27-20 lead with 7:18 remaining.

The Raiders then forced a three-and-out, taking over at the Southeast Valley 38-yard line.  The Raiders were stopped at the Jaguars 3-yard line with under 90-seconds left, and on 4th down missed a 20-yard field goal try, which sent the game to overtime.

East Sac took the ball first in OT, and went ten yards in three plays.  On 3rd down, Bruce scored on a two-yard run to give the Raiders the lead.  Southeast Valley then took the ball, and on 4th down from the 4-yard line, a quarterback outside run attempt was denied, as the Raiders forced Kruse out of bounds at the one-yard line, the Wells Ag Supply of Fonda Play of the Game.

The unofficial total yards were nearly identical, as East Sac tallied 324 compared to Southeast Valley’s 321.  Bruce was named the Wells Ag Supply Player of the Game, rushing 35 times for 160 yards.  Bruce now has nine touchdowns on the ground this year.  Green rushed for 32, and had five receptions for 54-yards.  Griffin O’Neill threw for 118 yards.

East Sac remains unbeaten in 2A district 7 going to 3-0, and 3-2 overall.  The Raiders host Shenandoah next week.  Southeast Valley falls to 1-2 in the district, and 1-4 overall.