What a difference an extra point can make.
The Upper Arlington High School football team missed an extra point, and Tri-Valley converted a two-point conversion in the final minute as the host Scotties won 29-27 in the season opener.
"(Tri-Valley) deserves credit and is a well-coached team," UA coach Mike Golden said, "but we lost this game."
Upper Arlington took a 27-21 lead with 8 minutes, 17 seconds left in the game when David Smith connected with Garrett Powers on a 16-yard scoring pass. However, the Golden Bears missed the extra point.
Although Tri-Valley turned the ball over on its next two possessions, the Golden Bears couldn't produce another scoring drive.
With 2 minutes left, the Scotties took over on their own 1-yard run. On the first play Nathan Strock found Logan Wisecarver for a 54-yard completion.
With 29 seconds left, Strock hit Matt Amicone for a 16-yard touchdown score to tie the game at 27.
The conversion snap was botched but Devin Moran corralled the high snap and took off for the end zone and the winning points.
Smith finished 14 of 22 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Strock was 14 of 26 for 282 yards and three touchdowns and an interception.
Frank Epitropoulos caught three passes for 109 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown catch. Zach Powers finished with five receptions for 65 yards, including a 36-yard scoring catch. Garrett Powers had one catch for a 16-yard touchdown.
Ryan McSheffery led UA with 86 yards rushing on 17 carries.
UPPER ARLINGTON 7 7 7 6 -- 27
TRI-VALLEY 0 14 7 8 -- 29
UA--Epitropoulos 44 pass from Smith (Hamilton kick)
TV--Jones 5 run (Amicone kick)
UA--Zach Powers 36 pass from Smith (Hamilton kick)
TV--Michael 28 pass from Storck (Amicon kick)
TV--Wisecarver 71 pass from Strock (Amicone kick)
UA--Ackley 10 run (Hamilton kick)
UA--Garrett Powers 16 pass from Powers (conversion failed)
TV--Amicon 16 pass from Strock (Moran run)