WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – JFK scored the game-tying touchdown with just under 3 minutes to play and won the game in the extra session to come away with a 28-21 win over LaBrae. Isaac Hadley went in from a yard away for the victorious Eagles in overtime.
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LaBrae and Warren JFK opened the contest with punts on each of their initial possessions. Then, the Vikings scored on a pass play which was snagged by Walt Allie, who took the pigskin 86 yards to open the scoring with just over 6 minutes to go. After the Viking defense held, back came LaBrae. Kent Wolford tossed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Benton Tennant to give the Vikings a 14-0 advantage late in the first quarter.
Just thirty seconds before the end of the first quarter, Alec Burzynski raced 43 yards to pay dirt as the Eagles closed the gap to 7-points (14-7).
To begin the second half, JFK ties the game at 14 after junior Isaac Hadley’s 45-yard touchdown grab and run from Greg Valent.
Almost 13 minutes later, LaBrae’s Aaron Iler catches a fourth down pass as he converted the first and went all the way for a touchdown from 21-yards away to give LaBrae a 21-14 lead with nine minutes remaining.
With 4:30 left in the game, JFK received a punt and additional yardage on a penalty to set up the eventual game-tying drive of the game at the Viking 17 yard line. Four plays later, Burzynski hauled in a 6-yard touchdown strike from Valent to tie the game at 21 with just under 3 minutes to play.
On the last drive of regulation, LaBrae went 59 yards thanks to a Colton Stoneman 30-yard run and a Walt Allie catch on fourth down to move the chains. With 8 seconds left, the Vikings attempted a field goal which was blocked and sent the game to overtime.
JFK got the ball first in the extra session. Thomas Yanovich hauled in a 15-yard catch to setup the Eagles inside the 5 yard line. From there, Isaac Hadley strikes again – this time, from a yard away on a run play to give JFK a 28-21 lead. Then, LaBrae’s chances were picked off by Yanovich to end the contest with JFK defeating the Vikings for the third time in a row.
JFK wins, 28-21
L – Walt Allie, 85-yard TD catch from Kent Wolford (L 7-0, 6:03)
L – Benton Tennant, 49 yard TD catch from Kent Wolford (L 14-0, 3:55)
J – Alec Burzynski, 43-yard TD run (L 14-7, 0:30)
J – Isaac Hadley, 45-yard TD catch from Greg Valent (T 14-14, 10:30)
L – Aaron Iler, 21-yard TD catch from Kent Wolford (L 21-14, 9:08)
J – Alec Burzynski, 6-yard TD catch from Greg Valent (T 21-21, 2:56)
J – Isaac Hadley, 1-yard TD run (J 28-21)
JFK gained 183 yards of total offense (102 rushing, 81 passing). The Eagles’ Valent completed 9 of 16 passes for 81 yards and 2 scores. Burzynski ran for 67 yards on only 4 carries. Hadley was the team’s top receiver with 3 catches for 57 yards.
LaBrae tallied 360 yards on 280 coming from the passing of Wolford and 80 on the ground. Stoneman ran for 66 yards. Allie and Stephens picked up 102 and 63 yards respectively through the air.
Stats courtesy of Ryan Kistler
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Next week, LaBrae will face Lakeview in their home opener as JFK welcomes Girard on Saturday.