Cougars Bite Lumberjacks In Double OT, 28-22
Frontier scored on a third and long busted 25-yard touchdown run in the second OT to defeat the Valley Lumberjacks, 28-22 Oct. 14 in New Matamoras for their first victory of the season.
The Lumberjacks was about to end the game in regulation on a fourth and goal at the Cougars four-yard line with two minutes remaining, with a field goal try. However, the Jacks were guilty of two many players on the field and back them up, and rather than try the field-goal, opted to go for it, but was denied and went on to overtime.
Neither team could punch it in, until late in the second OT when the Cougars took it in for the game-winner.
The Cougars, scored on their opening possession on a three-yard touchdown scamper to take a 7-0 lead after the ensuing PAT.
After recovering a Cougar fumbled punt, the Lumberjacks would counter on their first possession in the second period. After a recovered punt on a Tyler Kocher to Peyton Bassett five-yard pitch and catch to tie things up after the Bassett extra point kick.
Frontier wasted little time answering the Valley touchdown as the Cougar quarterback turned a simple quarterback keeper into a 46-yard touchdown run to increase the Frontier lead to 15-7.
However, the never-say-die Lumberjacks pulled back to within a point on an 11-yard scoring strike from Kocher to freshman Troy Satterfield, that was set up by a 38-yard pass to Bassett.
Frontier freshman Joel Lewis who ran for 154 yards in the game on 30 carries including a 29-yard scamper to open the second half and increase the Cougar lead to 22-14.
Valley got a huge defensive play from Bassett to tie things up at 22-22 when the junior jumped a short route to intercept a Cougar pass and then raced 19 yards for the pick six with four minutes to play in the third quarter..
Both teams had turned the ball over four times in the game and the two combined for 23 penalty flags as neither would manage to score in regulation forcing the game into extended play.
The guys are playing very hard, and I take the blame on the penalty that kept us from winning the game in regulation, that was all on me, said Valley Head Coach Logan Miller. We still are playing short-handed, but the younger kids are getting a lot of playing time and could help us in the near future.?
Bassett paced the Valley offense with 121 yards on eight catches, and scored on a 20 yard interception return. Kocher completed 16 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Satterfield caught one pass for a 10 yard TD, while Travis Leek hauled in four passes for 38 yards, and Levi Streets grabbed three passes for 47 yards. Streets rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, Travis Leek made 20 tackles; he also had a QB sack and had an interception, while Jeff Brown recorded 14 tackles. In addition, Levi Streets and Austin Lowe each recorded 11 tackles, while Bassett brought down 10 Cougars and made an interception.
Valley, slipped to 1-6 on the season, will host the 4-4 Doddridge Bulldogs on their Homecoming Night at 7:30 p.m.