TAYLOR — It was a true nail biter in every sense of the word at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
The Riverside Vikings were able to pick up a home overtime 27-21 victory over Meyers despite their late game-winning chances.
The movies couldn’t have scripted the ending to the game any better.
After trading scores in the first three quarters, both teams tightened up on defense, leading to the thrilling finish.
Riverside’s Kristian Pon scored the first of his two touchdowns of the evening on a 54-yard burst behind strong blocking from his offensive line. Pon would lead both teams in rushing with 103 yards.
It was a stalemate for both offenses, but the Vikings were driving into Meyers territory.
With a 1:12 left on the clock, Vikings quarterback John Gilchrist attempted to pass on a fake punt. Meyers’ defensive back Darrian Tyson had other plans. He picked the ball off at the 47-yard line, setting up a game-winning scenario for the Mohawks.
The Mohawks drove all the way down to Riverside’s 31-yard line before the Vikings got their revenge.
With 19 sedond left to play, the Mohawks needed to complete one more pass to set up the potential game-winning field goal for kicker David Kasper. This time Riverside spoiled the Mohawks attempt at victory as corner Maverick Meredick picked off Talee Swinney.
Riverside had two chances to score before the time on the clock expired.
The Mohawks won the coin toss and elected to play on offense to start overtime.
On their first play into extra time, an errant snap scattered past Swinney sending him far back. Swinney was swarmed by a pack of Vikings as they came up with the fumble recovery.
Gilchrist led Riverside to the end zone on two plays, with the second play coming on a 10-yard pass to Razen Reyes in the corner of the end zone.
Kevin Dessoye led the Mohawks on both sides of the ball. He had two interceptions, both in the second quarter. He also rushed for 82 yards and a score.
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