September 17, 2011

West Bolivar wins in overtime

ABERDEEN, Miss., - It took overtime to decide a back and forth battle Friday night between Aberdeen and West Bolivar.

After Aberdeen tied the game with under a minute to play in regulation, West Bolivar scored in only two plays in overtime and held the Bulldogs out of the end zone to pull the 28-22 upset over the back-to-back defending north state champions.

"This was a well, hard-fought game," said West Bolivar junior running back Kailo Moore. "We knew they were going to be tough coming in. We just stayed focused and executed our plays."

The Eagles improved to 4-1 on the season behind a balanced offensive attack that racked up 363 total yards. West Bolivar gained 189 yards through the air and added another 174 on the ground.

"Defensively I think we had a letdown tonight, there ain't no doubt about it," said Aberdeen head coach Chris Duncan. "We didn't play as well as we've been playing there. We'll have to watch the film but it might have been because of them. They've got a great running back but he didn't break one all night. I think we contained him all night long. We did some stupid stuff that got us in a bind sometimes. It is what it is. We played in overtime and got beat by a good football team."

Moore was a workhorse for the Eagles carrying 27 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He had only 50 yards at halftime but toted the rock 17 times in the second half scoring one touchdown and then had the game-winner during the overtime period.

"When I went in (the locker room) I wasn't satisfied with the way I ran it in the second half," Moore said. "I just locked my mind in that when I go out nobody is going to stop me. I came out and gave it 100-percent."

Junior quarterback Kylan Johnson completed 16-of-26 passing for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception for West Bolivar. Senior receiver Jovious Wade was his favorite target making 10 grabs for 120 yards.

It was the Bulldogs who got off to a fast start on the second play of the game. Sammie Burroughs took the snap out of the wildcat formation and raced 64-yards up the right sideline for the first score of the game. Josh Williams hit Braxton Anderson for the two-point conversion giving Aberdeen the early 8-0 lead.

But the Eagles responded on the ensuing drive going 62-yards in seven plays capped off by a 18-yard touchdown from Johnson to Deandre Cooper. Damarrion Haynes provided the extra point pulling West Bolivar within one.

The game would remain that way until midway through the third quarter. The Eagles came out of the locker room with an 11-play drive but one play after reaching the red zone, Moore fumbled and was recovered by Aberdeen.

The Bulldogs then went to work moving 70-yards in seven plays. Williams connected with Aaron McMillian on a 28-yard scoring strike to go up by two touchdowns. Williams then found tight end Channing Ward for the two-point conversion taking a 16-7 advantage.

West Bolivar recovered an onside kick at the 46-yard yard line and took advantage of the good field position six plays later. Following a 32-yard completion from Johnson to Wade, Moore plowed in from 3-yards out. Haynes' point after was true pulling the Eagles within 16-14 with four minutes to play in the third quarter.

Taking advantage of an Aberdeen fumble late in the third quarter, the Eagles struck on the first play of the fourth for a touchdown. Wade took the ball on a reverse pass and heaved it to the end zone finding Cooper for the score. Haynes ran in the two-point play to take a 22-16 lead.

The Bulldogs had one final offensive opportunity to tie the game back up taking over with 3:28 remaining in the contest. Aberdeen orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard drive with Williams hitting McMillian in stride on a 33-yard touchdown pass in the end zone with 49-seconds left. The two-point conversion pass failed taking the game into overtime.

West Bolivar got the ball first and was across the goal line in two plays with Moore picking up his second score of the game from a yard out. The two-point pass fell incomplete giving the ball to the Bulldogs.

Aberdeen was flagged for a false start on first down and never could get the ball back inside the 10-yard line. Williams overshot a wide-open Ward in the end zone on the final play of the game.

"It can't get no more open than what it is," Duncan said. "He's going to make that play eventually. He's a ninth-grader and he's playing better every week. He's thrown into a tough situation. How many times do you have a 14-year old kid playing in overtime?"

The Bulldogs (2-3) had 449 yards of offense on the evening with 334 of those yards coming on the ground.

"Offensively we played a whole lot better," said Aberdeen head coach Chris Duncan. "We went up and down the field. I'm proud of those guys."

Aberdeen had a pair of backs eclipse the 100-yard plateau. Burroughs had 122 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts while Jeremy Brandon gained 106 yards on 17 carries.

Williams completed 5-of-11 passing for 90 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs while McMillian was the leading receiver with two touchdown grabs totaling 61 yards.


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