Alabama game takes 7 overtimes to decide a winner

The game of the night wasn’t a Super 25 contest. Instead, it featured two teams in Alabama and seven extra periods before it was finally decided.

As covered breathlessly by the Twitter account of The Moulton Advertiser, the football game between Alabama schools Lawrence County and East Lawrence went an astounding seven overtimes before Lawrence County finally prevailed with a final score of 62-54. The game lasted more than four hours and featured more wild swings than a roller coaster careening off the tracks. Lawrence County led 26-14 at halftime, but East Lawrence rallied to tie the game at 26 early in the fourth quarter.

That’s where things ended in regulation … and when everything got a bit loopy. Because we can’t do it justice without being there, here’s how the Advertiser covered all seven of the overtimes, including one controversial roughing the kicker penalty that allowed Lawrence County to get another chance to pad its advantage.

There were a number of amazing statistics quirks that emerged from this contest, but none were more surprising than this: East Lawrence scored 26 points in regulation, and 54 by the end of all the overtimes. That same school scored 26 points in its first eight games in 2014 … combined! Talk about turning the corner.

And while East Lawrence may have headed home on the short end of this final score, it can hold its head high knowing that it set an almost unmeetable standard as the clubhouse leader for game of the year.

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