The Bexley High School football team stopped a two-point conversion attempt in the second overtime to edge host Whitehall 35-34 in an MSL-Ohio Division game on Sept. 27.
Rams running back Shaquille Alexander had scored on a 7-yard run to pull Whitehall within one point, but was tackled on the two-point conversion attempt that would have given Whitehall the win.
Junior quarterback Andre Stewart scrambled 20 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime for the Lions, who improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the league, while Whitehall fell to 2-3 overall and 0-1.
“The kids were in a real dogfight tonight,” Bexley coach John Smith said. “We traded punches back and forth all night and really responded.”
Stewart, who gained 135 yards on 24 carries, ran left at the start of the game-winner, appeared to be stopped for a loss by the Whitehall defense, then reversed his field to the right to go in for the touchdown.
Stewart had bobbled the snap on Bexley’s first play of the opening overtime and the ball was recovered by Whitehall, which also lost a fumble on its first play in the first overtime. “He made things right from the play when he bobbled the snap,” Smith said.
In the second overtime, Whitehall coach Jake Kuhner said there was no doubt he would go for the two-point conversion and the win if his team scored after Bexley’s go-ahead touchdown.
“Shaquille was running tough, like a train,” Kuhner said. “He was getting upfield and breaking tackles all night.
Alexander finished with 109 yards rushing on 24 carries and set a school single-game record with five touchdowns.
Whitehall quarterback Cody Koons rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries and also was 7-of-12 passing for 93 yards.
Bexley’s Rasheed Morgan ran for 78 yards on 12 carries and returned a kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to put the Lions ahead 21-14. Morgan also had 53-yard scoring run in the first quarter.
“That kickoff return was huge, but there were a lot of big plays for both teams,” Smith said. “Both teams responded. It was a gut-wrenching game, just a big win for us.”
It was another close loss for the Rams, who also fell 52-51 in triple overtime to Bloom Carroll on Sept. 6
“We’re two plays from being 4-1 this season,” Kuhner said.
W – Alexander 6 run (Copley kick)
B – Morgan 53 run (Hirsch kick)
B – Nagle 13 pass from Stewart (Hirsch kick)
W – Alexander 7 run (Copley kick)
B – Morgan 90 kickoff return (Hirsch kick)
W – Alexander 27 run (Copley kick)
B – Alexander 1 run (Copley kick)
B – Morgan 7 run (Eikenberry kick)
B – Stewart 20 run (Hirsch kick)
W – Alexander 7 run (run failed)