Both the Riverside and South Charleston football teams had chances to win their game Friday night in regulation, but failed opportunities led to overtime.
It took two extra periods, but the Black Eagles finally prevailed over the Warriors 24-21, thanks to a 17-yard Kaden Borden field goal that gave SC a dramatic homecoming night win.
With the victory, the Black Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive, winning their second straight game to improve to 2-5. Riverside, meanwhile, fell to 1-6.
In the second overtime, Riverside got the ball first and faced a fourth down at the Black Eagle 19. Instead of possible field goal attempt, the Warriors went for it, but quarterback Javante Elzy was sacked by Joseph McCallister.
Needing either a field goal or touchdown to win the game, SC ran the ball four straight times to the Riverside 1-yard line. On fourth down, Black Eagle coach Donnie Mays elected to go for the short field goal, and Borden’s try sailed through the uprights.
“I have all the faith in the world in [Borden], “Mays said. “He has done it multiple times. He’s a senior. He knew how to do it. Here is the thing that goes unnoticed, but the snap was high. Jacob Sheline, the holder, got it down quick enough and that won the game for us.”
SC got the ball first in the first overtime, and it took the Black Eagles just three plays to score a touchdown for a 21-14 lead. Jaydyn Johnson carried the first two times for 10 and 6 yards and Shyleik Kinney took in in from 4 yards out.
Needing a touchdown to keep the game going, Riverside got just that. A 1-yard quarterback sneak by Elzy tied the game at 21 and forced a second overtime.
The big play on that drive came on second-and-13 from the 23. Elzy completed a 22-yard pass to Cam Powell all the way down to the SC 1.
The teams combined for nine turnovers in the game. SC committed five — an interception and four lost fumbles. All of them came inside the Riverside 20-yard line.
The Warriors, meanwhile, turned the ball over four times. Three were interceptions, and one was returned for a Black Eagles touchdown.
“You play sloppy football and you are going to put yourselves in positions like that,” Mays said. “When you get in the red zone and fumble the ball away, it makes it difficult. But they kept fighting and any win is a good win.”
Both teams scored first-quarter touchdowns and with the score tied 7-7 in the second quarter, Riverside had the ball at its own 20.
Lining up in Wildcat formation, Charlie Pierson attempted a pass but Johnson intercepted and took it 23 yards for the score, giving SC a 14-7 lead with 3:34 remaining in the second quarter.
The Warriors marched 69 yards on just four plays and Pierson scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14 with 2:04 left in the third.
SC looked poised to take the lead, marching deep inside Riverside territory, but running back Zeiqui Lawton fumbled at the 17-yard line, and the Warriors recovered with 4:33 left.
Riverside had a final chance to win the game in regulation with the ball at its own 46 with 12 seconds left and Kain Ford entered the game at quarterback for the first time for the Warriors. Ford scrambled and heaved a deep pass down the left sideline to a wide-open Riverside receiver, but Blake Wentz couldn’t pull it in inside the SC 10.