Penalties, turnovers and missed assignments plagued the St. Xavier High School football team all night, but the Tigers still found a way to pull out an exciting triple-overtime victory.
Austin Davis’ 4-yard touchdown run and Brad Schickel’s extra-point kick lifted St. X to a 49-48 victory over Irmo (S.C.) Dutch Fork on Saturday in the final game of the Bluegrass Football Showcase at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The Tigers were flagged for eight penalties — two of which negated touchdowns — had four turnovers and surrendered a tying 75-yard TD run with less than a minute left in regulation but still found a way to improve to 2-0 this season.
“I almost wish we’d have lost, because that’s just uncalled for,” coach Mike Glaser said of the miscues. “But they battled back and fought awfully hard.”
Treyveon Percell’s 56-yard TD run gave the Tigers a 28-14 cushion with 9:42 left in regulation, but the Silver Foxes (0-1) battled back to force overtime.
Marquis Spearman’s 24-yard TD run made it 28-21 with 5:32 left, and the Silver Foxes got the ball back at their 13-yard line with 2:38 remaining. Four plays later Spearman went around right end and raced untouched 75 yards to tie the score at 28 with 58 seconds left.
“We tried to give the game away,” Glaser said. “Our kids simply stopped on that play.”
Both teams scored seven points on their first two overtime possessions. Dutch Fork faced fourth-and-eight in the second overtime, but Derek Olenchuk hit Jordan Berry for the touchdown to tie it at 42 and force a third extra period.
Matt Colburn’s 10-yard TD run on first down gave the Silver Foxes a 48-42 lead, but Tyler Bass’ extra-point kick banged off the right upright. opening the door for the Tigers.
On third-and-goal from the 4, Davis bulled his way into the end zone to tie it, and Schickel’s kick sparked a wild St. X celebration.
Charles Walker carried for two touchdowns to give the Tigers a 20-7 halftime lead and had two other TDs called back — one on a kickoff and one on a run. He finished with 170 yards on 16 carries but left the game in the third quarter because of dehydration.
“My goal is for him to be dehydrated every game,” Glaser said with a laugh. “We had so many years when we didn’t ride the horse we had. We’re going to do that this year.”
Percell (11 carries, 100 yards) and Davis (11 carries, 63 yards) picked up the slack in Walker’s absence.
“We have a three-headed monster there,” Glaser said. “We like what we can do with that.”