Sometimes you just have to find a way to win. The Chillicothe Cavaliers found a way at Logan overcoming a fired up group of Chieftans with two big plays in overtime to pull out a victory to go (4-1) on the season.
After the Cavs offense sputtered most of the night, their defense held Logan out of the end zone to set up overtime at 0-0.
The Cavs had first chance in OT, but quarterback Adrian Beverly was sacked on third down, eliminating a field goal try and setting up a fourth and 17 at the 27. The Cavs called a Hail Mary and J’Quan Harris answered Mary with a touchdown catch in the middle of five players. A Matt Detty kick was good and the Cavs finally were on the scoreboard 7-0.
The Chillicothe defense stuffed the Chieftains on three plays and looked like they had a win with Logan facing fourth and 12. Somehow Braden Spatar rolled left and threw back over the middle for a completion at the Cavs three yard line.
Spatar scored three plays later and Logan immediately decided to go for the win on a two point conversion. Spatar, who led Logan in rushing, rolled to his right but Christian Benson penetrated and grabbed Spatar. Benson got help from his teammates as Spatar went down two yards shy of the end zone and the Cavs held on for a 7-6 win.
Chillicothe was out gained 268 to 107 and Logan held a time of possession advantage of 30 minutes to 17 for Chillicothe. The Cavs did connect on a 50 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter from Beverly to Joey Wright, but were called for a lineman downfield on the opposite side of the field.
The game also featured a 45 minute lightning delay and an inadvertent whistle play that canceled a Chillicothe fumble recovery at the Logan 20 and gave Logan a “replay” of the down.
“Our problem was 100 percent offense tonight,” lamented Coach Ron Hinton. “We only gained 32 yards rushing and allowed them to run 74 plays.” Hinton continued, “but we came up with a couple of big plays in overtime to gut out a win.”
Chillicothe goes to 4-1 and opens FAC play next Friday at undefeated Hillsboro.
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