GREENFIELD — Run it, run it and run it again. The strategy paid off for the Greenfield-Central Cougars on Friday night as they defeated the Yorktown Tigers 28-27 in overtime to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
Bizarre weather delayed kickoff for the Greenfield-Central Cougars on Friday night, and for awhile, it looked like the disruption in the schedule might lead to a listless performance by the Cougars.
A missed field goal, a turnover on downs and an interception all in Yorktown territory meant the Cougars would head into halftime scoreless for the first time this season. In fact, they were behind 7-0.
However, all the lengthy drives in the first half began to pay off in the second, as senior running backs Skylar Gary and Michael Sosnowski began to rip off even longer runs, leading to three touchdowns on consecutive drives in the third and fourth quarter to take a 21-13 lead with 7:36 remaining.
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Gary would finish with 209 yards rushing.
Yorktown wouldn’t go away quietly, however. On their next drive after going down eight points, the Tigers converted three fourth downs (one of which was a 25-yard pass on fourth-and-11 from the 50-yard line) and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 21-21.
After Greenfield-Central failed to score on their next possession, the game headed to overtime.
In the overtime period, it was a pass that broke the tie. On third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, quarterback Andrew Leslie threw a pass to a wide open Orlando Mojica for the touchdown and a 28-21 lead after a Nate Brand extra point.
The Tigers would score on third down as well, and they went for it all with a 2-point conversion. However, the Cougar defensive line held strong and stuffed a run to the right to win 28-27.
The win gives the Cougars hope of finishing in the upper half of the HHC, and that quest continues next week when they travel to face the Delta Eagles.