Battle Ground Academy quarterback Clay Beathard was named Mr. Football last season. On Friday night, he was Mr. Clutch against Page.
Beathard was 7-of-8 passing while directing a frantic 80-yard touchdown drive in the final three minutes to send the game to overtime, where BGA pulled out a dramatic 28-27 win when the Wildcats’ defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt by Page.
Beathard finished 17-of-29 for 244 yards with four touchdown passes to help the undefeated Wildcats (5-0) send Page (4-2) to its second one-point loss of the season. BGA freshman Jaylen Frierson finished with seven catches for 147 yards.
“Wow, that was a dogfight to the end,” said BGA coach Roc Batten. “I am really proud of our seniors and the way they helped us rally tonight. We made some big throws and some big catches on that last drive.”
BGA was trailing 21-13 before marching 80 yards in 13 plays, with Beathard capping the drive with a one-yard run with 15 seconds remaining. Beathard then hit Paul Trappeni in the end zone for the two-point conversion to tie the game.
BGA scored on the first play of overtime when Beathard connected with Frierson on a 10-yard touchdown pass, and Jake Holloway added the extra point.
Page answered right back when Michael Roberts scored on a five-yard run. Page’s Brent Cimaglia then converted the extra point, but an offsides penalty on BGA — whistled before the snap — erased the play.
The Patriots then elected to try to win the game, but quarterback Michael Magochy was stopped just inches shy of the goal line.
“We came up short tonight, but you couldn’t ask for a better game,” said Page’s Roberts. “We did a good job of shutting them down in the second half, but they hurt in the last minutes.”
Roberts had a huge game for the Patriots, helping them battle back from an early 13-0 deficit to take a 21-13 lead. He picked off two passes in the red zone and also rushed for 120 yards on 31 carries.
Magochy finished 13-of-21 for 173 yards.
BGA’s Marcus Cawthorne caught two first-half touchdown passes — his ninth and 10th of the season.
“Tonight we just kept doing what we do,” said Frierson. “It was all about executing and staying focused.”