“It was one of the hardest hitting games I’ve ever seen, from both sides. Truly an epic battle between kids who cared and gave their all. I’m just glad I was a part of it,” said Southeastern coach David Ross after his team fell 44-42 to Piney Grove Middle.
Piney Grove jumped to a 20-6 lead that lasted until the third quarter. Southeastern rallied to tie the game 20-20 by the end of regulation play. It took five overtimes to determine the winner when Piney Grove capitalized on a two-point conversation to win the in-county victory.
“Quarterback Landon Stevens had an outstanding offensive game,” said Panthers coach David Martin. “Stevens ran for 30 yards, had two touchdowns, completed 12 passes for 111 yards, and added two 2-point conversions including the fifth overtime winner.”
Defensively Stevens, Mitchell Petree, and Noah Smith had interceptions. Devin Stanley and Elijah France forced fumbles and Smith had one fumble recovery.
“Manley Stovall also had a strong game at defensive end for us and was in on multiple tackles,” Martin said. “We lost Alex Zuber, one of our best offensive and defensive players, to an injury early in the game but multiple guys stepped up and played a strong game at different positions.”
Piney Grove’s Zuber rushed 23 yards, Smith 10, and Stanley finished with 76 yards, one touchdown and added a 2-point conversion.
Smith also tacked on a touchdown and a 2-point conversion along with teammate Isaac Woods who added two touchdowns.
Southeastern’s Amon Conrad threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Shemar Dalton caught a 65-yard touchdown pass for the Trojans. Ricky Gonzales finished with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. Paul Thomas Fischer carried in a touchdown.
“They had players injured and playing hurt also and it was battle. Overall it really was a great game played by both sides. It was great experience for our players and we were fortunate to finish on top,” Martin said.
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