The way regulation ended, however, there was no way either team was leaving without some finality.
After three grueling overtimes, the visiting Patriots started their season off in style with a 31-29 win over the Razorbacks.
After Tony Bullock scored from 2 yards out on Cross Creek’s possession in the third overtime, the Razorbacks (0-2) failed to convert on a 2-point conversion. In Georgia, both teams are forced to go for two beginning with the third overtime.
DeMarcus Vaugn then ran with the opportunity to win it for Westside (1-0). He didn’t waste any time, scoring from 15 yards out on the first play of the drive. He then won the game by converting his team’s 2-point attempt.
The first two overtimes featured more offense – and more ups and downs – than all of regulation.
Bullock started the overtime session with an 8-yard touchdown run for Cross Creek. Then, on third-and-16, Westside’s Jalen Lampkin scrambled left and found Mason Dodd in the front corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. Both teams made their extra point attempts.
In the second overtime, Cross Creek’s Rob Cheek answered Westside’s field goal with a booming kick of his own. His 43-yarder had plenty of distance to send the game to a third extra session.
With two minutes left in regulation, Cross Creek tied it at 13-all on a 15-yard strike from Devon Diamond to Jerry Grissam.
The Razorbacks then forced a punt and got the ball back with 22 seconds remaining. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Diamond found Bullock for a 46-yard completion, but Westside’s Naquan Brooks stripped the ball at the 1-yard line to preserve the tie.