Parker Lohman and Xavier Marion didn’t want their senior night to be spoiled. It wasn’t, but it needed some extra time.
Behind Lohman and Marion, Ridgeland outlasted Germantown 41-34 in overtime at Titan Stadium Friday night.
“We knew it was going to be a dog fight coming in,” Ridgeland coach Kenny Burton said. “They came out fighting and we hung around and made plays when we had to, and defense stepped up when they had to.”
With the win, the Titans (7-4) play at Clarksdale next week in the first round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs.
With the loss, Germantown (7-4) was eliminated from playoff contention, and Vicksburg, as the region’s fourth seed, will travel to Oxford for the first round of the Class 5A playoffs, which begin next week.
Marion, a Southern Miss commit, had 11 catches for 146 yard with two touchdowns and intercepted a Tyler Shell pass in the end zone to seal the victory.
“I knew I had to step up for us to have a shot at winning,” Marion said. “Our team finally woke up in the second half and kept fighting.”
Down 31-28 and with 1:56 left, Lohman found Marion on a 18-yard touchdown pass to put Ridgeland up 34-31. The two hooked up on a 10-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for the eventual game winner.
When everything was going the Titans’ way on Germantown’s final drive of regulation, Mavericks’ kicker Reed James nailed a 51-yard field goal with 17 seconds to send the game to overtime..
“I saw that kid make a 56-yarder in warm-ups so I knew he could make it,” Burton said. “Germantown is a good football team and it is going to be a good rivalry for us for the next upcoming years.”
Lohman went 16-of-27 passing for 236 yards with two touchdowns. He also 160 yards rushing on 12 carries with touchdowns from 5 and 62 yards.
“The overtime pass was just a breakdown; Xavier got open in the end zone and I found him,” Lohman said. “Now we have to keep the momentum heading into the playoffs.”
Jabril Haymon had two rushing touchdowns from 2 and 15 yards for the Titans.
Chester Lewis led Germantown with three rushing touchdowns. Tyler Shell had a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith.
“We played well, but we didn’t get a stop when we needed,” Germantown coach Tim Shramek said. “It was a heck of game. Both teams played well; we just made a mistake with a penalty and it cost us.”