Bogalusa falls in double overtime

Published 2:24 pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bogalusa battled toe to toe against Miller-McCoy Academy and overcame adversity throughout but suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Lions, 33-32, in double overtime at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans’ City Park.

The Lumberjacks (1-4) led 14-8 at halftime but had trouble moving the ball into Miller-McCoy territory in the second half.

The Lions (1-4) capitalized with 14-unanswered points. The final touchdown of the 14 points occurred with 40-seconds left in regulation, giving the Lions a 20-14 advantage.

BHS, which up to this point had not taken a snap in Miller-McCoy territory in the second half, got a 45-yard kickoff return from Sean Forbes to the Lions’ 40, but a 15-yard penalty pushed BHS back to its 45.

The Jacks needed to go 55 yards to tie and potentially take the lead.

Reggie Roberts hit Caleb Greely for 18 yards on the first play, but the Lions were penalized 15 yards, moving the ball to the 22.

Roberts was sacked on the next play, bringing up second-and-11 at the 23 with four-seconds remaining.

The Lumberjacks had just one play and needed 23 yards to have a chance at the win. Roberts dropped back and decided to scramble. He began up the middle, ran to his left, broke a tackle and dove into the end zone for the touchdown with no time on the clock, evening the game at 20-20. The Lumberjacks were called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, moving the extra point back to the 18. The 2-point conversion pass was incomplete and the game went to overtime.

The high school overtime rules are similar to college except teams begin first-and-goal from the opponents’ 10, as opposed to the 25.

Miller-McCoy began the OT period.

Both teams scored on their possession. The Lions went up 26-20 on a Melvin Johnson 2-yard run, but Harlum McGee blocked the extra point.

Bogalusa scored in one play when Roberts ran it in from the 10. He came up short on the 2-pointer, forcing double overtime.

The Lumberjacks began and were pushed back 13 yards on a five-yard loss and a sack that pushed BHS back eight more yards.

Bogalusa faced another hurdle with third-and-goal from the 23, but the Jacks were up to the task. Roberts looked to throw and delivered a strike to Greely, who made the catch in the end zone for the touchdown, and the Lumberjacks had their first lead since the 6:56 mark of the fourth quarter at 32-26.

But Miller-McCoy had one more possession.

A sack, followed by an incompletion made it third-and-goal from the 16, and this time it was the Lions’ chance to come through and they did. Johnson’s pass was complete to Travis Dailet for the touchdown, tying things at 32-32. Joseph Rousell’s extra point split the uprights for the winning points in the 33-32 outcome.

The teams played a scoreless first quarter, but the Jacks’ offense got going toward the end of the first period. BHS took over at Miller-McCoy’s 45 with 41-seconds left and scored on the second play of the second quarter when Roberts found Greely for a 12-yard TD pass. The extra point was wide left, keeping it 6-0 with 11:29 left in the opening half.

Dominique Tillman intercepted a pass and took it to the Lions’ 24, and Bogalusa took advantage. On the eighth play, Roberts ran in from the 3 and then ran in the 2-pointer to make it 14-0 at the 5:17 mark.

Tillman finished with two interceptions and continues to prove to be an intercepting machine. Tillman is up to eight picks this season.

Miller-McCoy got on the board with 1:19 left. Johnson hit Ralph Tyrin for six and then the Lions faked the PAT with Tyrin, the holder, running it in to make it 14-8 at halftime.

The Lions spent most of the second half in Bogalusa’s territory, and except for one drive, the Jacks’ defense kept them out of the end zone.

Miller-McCoy had six possessions in the second half, not counting a punt return for a score. Four of them began in Bogalusa territory, and all of them ended in Bogalusa territory.

“The offense went into a sputter in the second half,” Bogalusa coach Craig Jones said. “They put that drive together in under 40 seconds to put the game into overtime, but the defense did as well as they could to keep them out of the end zone. The kids played a well-played game. It was just that we were on the losing end of the game.”

The Lions first drive started at their 35 and ended on a turnover on downs from a fake punt at BHS’ 30.

The second started at the 21. A 63-yard pass from Johnson to Dailet changed field position, but ended with Javon Tate intercepting a pass.

BHS forced four turnovers, with the other being a William Toussaint fumble recovery.

The next Miller-McCoy possession got under way at BHS’ 20. With the ball at their 19, the Jacks attempted to punt. Aaron Taylor fielded a low snap under a heavy rush. He tried to run with it and got free for a second, but was tackled after a yard gain to BHS’ 20.

The Jacks’ defense were up to the challenge once again, and forced a turnover on downs at the two.

Bogalusa fumbled the ball away on the following series on a handoff at the 3. A penalty, a tackle for loss, moved it back to the 9 for second down. A flag on BHS and then an errant snap took it to the 17 for third down. Miller-McCoy threw a touchdown, but flags on both teams took it to the 11. They replayed third down, and the defense came up big again. Devontre Lenoir and Jamyren Ladner combined on a sack at the 20. The Lions went for it but only gained a yard.

Bogalusa took over at its 19, but fumbled at the 31. Andre Anthony recovered for the Lions,but could only move it nine yards before turning it over on downs.

The Jacks took over at the 22 but got pushed back 14 yards in three plays from a sack and a loss on a run. Forbes set up to punt and boomed it 52 yards.

Gerald Edwards caught it, found a hole and took it up the right sideline all of the way for the touchdown to tie the game after the PAT hit the crossbar. It was 14-14 with 6:56 left in regulation.

The Jacks punted on the ensuing possession and the Lions went 56 yards in eight plays and went in front for the first time when Johnson connected with Young with 40-seconds left. Miller-McCoy committed an illegal procedure penalty, moving it back five yards and the PAT was short.

Bogalusa went down and scored on the final offensive play of regulation to send the game to overtime but the Lions ended up winning 33-32.

Bogalusa opens District 8-3A play against the Amite Warriors at home with kickoff set for 7 p.m.