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East Central 10, Harrison 7 in OT

St. Leon- In the annual War On 74 battle between Harrison and East Central, fans have come to expect a close game.  Ten of the last 16 meetings between the rivals have been decided by a touchdown or less. Friday’s game did not disappoint as the Trojans got a 21-yard field goal in overtime by Sophie Browndyke and a goal line stand by the defense to earn a 10-7 win over the Wildcats.

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Late in the third quarter, an interception by the Wildcats’ Kyler Fankhauser set the Harrison offense up inside EC territory at the Trojan 39-yard line.  Six consecutive runs by quarterback Connor Kinnett netted a first down, but the drive stalled and forced the Wildcats to settle for a field goal attempt.  The Trojan special teams unit blocked the attempt to keep the game scoreless less than a minute into the final quarter.

But on their next possession, Harrison broke through.  Starting at their own 39 yard line, the Wildcats moved 61 yards on 9 plays with Kinnett scoring from 7-yards out to put the visitors on the board.  Grant Swope added the point after, and the Wildcats led 7-0 with less than six minutes to play.  On the drive, Cam Herring had receptions of 13 and six yards to go along with an 11-yard rush.  Kinnett completed 3 of 5 passes and rushed for 17 yards plus the score.

The Trojans offense answered on the next possession.  A penalty against Harrison on the kickoff gave the Trojans starting field position at the Wildcat 47-yard line.  Four straight rushes by Jake Fike gave East Central a first down at the Harrison 15. Devon Donaworth took the direct snap and went around the left side 15 yards to the end zone for the Trojan touchdown.  Browndyke added the point after to tie the game 7-7 with a little over four minutes to play in regulation.  

Harrison began its next drive at their own 20 after a touchback on the kickoff.  Levi Tidwell had receptions of 14 and 15 yards on back-to-back plays to move the Buckeye boys into Trojan territory.  With time winding down, the Wildcats converted a fourth down at the EC 20 to keep the drive alive.  The play was quite controversial.  While the details behind the awarding of the first down can certainly be debated, in the end, it didn’t matter.

As Harrison set up for a go-ahead field goal with just over 11 seconds left,  the Trojan special teams unit came up big and blocked a kick for a second time in the period which kept the score tied and sent the game into overtime.

East Central lost the OT coin flip and went on offense first.  Play began 10-yards from the goal line.  The Wildcats defended three straight Trojan rushes and stopped them on the 4-yard line.  On fourth down, Browndyke came on and hit a 21-yard field goal to put East Central ahead 10-7.

Harrison then went on offense from the 10.  Three rushes by Kinnett moved the rock down to the one.  On fourth down and down by three, Harrison elected to go for the touchdown and the win.  The East Central defense stood strong and kept Kinnett out of the end zone to preserve the 10-7 win in extra play.

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