by Gary Andrews
In a game that was not decided until the very last play, the Southwood football team fell in a 40-39 sectional overtime heart breaker to South Adams Friday.
With the two teams evenly matched, it boiled down to the last snap to decide a winner. After the Southwood defense held South Adams for the second time, the Knight offense would strike for the first score of the game. With the ball on their own 15 at 3rd and 10, Robbie Cole would connect with Jacob Lloyd to the 32 for a first down. On the second third down of the drive, Cole would find an open receiver once again, connecting with Danny Goff for a 68 yard scoring strike with 4:20 remaining to put the Knights up 7-0. With the touchdown reception, Danny Goff became Southwood’s all-time single season receiver for yards and touchdowns. Just two minutes later, the Starfires would answer the touchdown with one of their own, and the first quarter ended, tied at 7.
South Adams would strike first in the second quarter on a 70 yard pass play just a minute and a half into the quarter to lead the Knights 14-7. The Knights were driving to even the score, when a bad call on a Goff reception stalled the drive. Not letting the questionable call discourage the Knights, the defense forced South Adams to punt, and the offense had 2:21 to do something. Starting on their own 37, Hollars would run to the Starfire 46. Cole would then find Goff to the 10. After stalling out for two plays, Cole would scamper to his right, finding Jackson Blair for a score with 1:06 left and the game was where it started, tied. The two teams would go to the locker room tied at 14.
After deferring on the opening kick off, the Knights got the ball first in the second half, immediately taking advantage. Starting on the 35, Cole would feed Hollars as the Knights marched down the field, with Cole finding Goff from 18 yards out to give Southwood a 20-14 lead after the extra point was blocked. The next score would come from South Adams as they struck on a 75 yard pass play to take a 21-20 lead with 5:20 left in the quarter. The Knights would take their next possession to the Adams Central 3 before failing to convert on 4th down and giving the ball back. The Knight defense would rise to the occasion, forcing the Starfires to punt from their own end zone. Nathan Hollars would return the punt for a touchdown that was called back for holding. With the ball on the 25 after the hold, the Knight offense faded right, with Cole throwing left to Hollars, who found the end zone untouched with 1:47 left to give Southwood a 27-21 lead with a quarter to go.
To start the 4th quarter, Danny Goff picked off a Starfire pass and the Knights were off and running. After three Hollars runs took the ball to the 50, Cole connected with Keaton Weiss who fumbled on the South Adams 18, with the Starfires recovering. Again it was a big play from South Adams, scoring from 68 yards out and missing the extra point, and the game was tied at 27. South Adams would also get the next score with 2:59 remaining to take a 33-27 lead, and the Knights had one more shot. Matt Cox would take the kick off to the 43, and the Knights would march down the field, aided by a third down catch from Jacob Lloyd. Hollars would eventually punch it in from 5yds out to tie the score at 33, again with the extra point being blocked. When the dust settled they were headed for overtime tied at 33.
The Knights would get the ball first in overtime, scoring on just two plays on a Hollars 5 yard run. For the third time in the game, South Adams blocked the extra point kick as Southwood led 39-33. On the Hollars touchdown, a personal foul was called on South Adams, making them start their overtime possession on the 25. In just three plays South Adams scored, kicking the extra point to stun the Knights 40-39.
For the game, Robbie Cole was 19 of 31 for 284 yards, 4 touchdowns. Nathan Hollars rushed 32 times for 221 yards, 2 touchdowns. Danny Goff had 4 receptions for 113 yards, 2 touchdowns. Keaton Weiss caught 7 for 74 yards, Nathan Hollars 3 for 37 yards, 1 touchdown. Jackson Blair had 2 catches for 9 yards, 1 touchdown. Jacob Lloyd had 3 catches for 51 yards.
Nick Rebholz and Tristin Howell led the defense with 13 tackles each. Ryan Barton added 12, and Nick McCown had 8.