GRC falls to Campbell Co. in OT

Published 5:00 pm Monday, September 26, 2022

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In sports, some games have an odd feel to them.

Such was the case in Alexandria Friday night when George Rogers Clark traveled to take on Campbell County.

In what many viewed as an upset, the Cards (4-1) fell to the Camels (3-3), 21-20 in overtime.

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It was the first loss of the season for GRC after opening the year with four straight victories.

Determined to keep the ball out of the hands of the high-scoring Cardinal offense, the Camels relied on a ball-control offense that limited GRC to only two possessions throughout the first half.

With 3:11 remaining before halftime, the Camels broke through the Cardinal defense as running back Garyn Johnson connected with wide receiver Xavier Fancher on a 42-yard halfback option touchdown pass for a 7-0 Campbell County lead.

It was the only pass attempt of the night for Johnson.

With only a few seconds remaining in the first half and nearly half the length of the field separating the Cards from the endzone, it appeared that the Camels would take their 7-0 lead into halftime.

However, the Cards were not to be denied.

As the halftime buzzer sounded, QB Tyleik Maxwell threw for the endzone and connected with wide receiver Tate Spayd on a 44-yard TD pass. The extra point tied the game at 7 going into the break. It was Spayd’s lone reception of the evening.

Coming out of halftime, it appeared as though the Cards might have some momentum.

Yet the Camels were soon able to march down the field, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run from Ayden Bauwens for a 14-7 lead at 6:45 of the third quarter.

The Cards responded shortly after.

During a drive that showcased two fourth-down conversions, including one reception just before it hit the ground, the Cards were able to drive to the Camels’ 6-yard line.

On third-down, with only 38 seconds left in the third quarter, Maxwell was able to run in from 6-yards out to help tie the game at 14-14 heading into the final period.

As the weather changed to fall, the fourth quarter appeared somewhat spooky for the Cards.

The Cards’ defense forced a turnover, giving their offense the ball in Camels’ territory.

However, Maxwell was intercepted in the endzone by Bauwens on the ensuing play.

It was the first turnover of the year for the regularly high-scoring Cards’ offense.

The Cards got the ball once more and attempted a long, 49-yard field goal from Clay Turley with only seconds remaining.

However, the kick was just short and to the left. It was Turley’s first missed extra point or field goal all season.

After the Camels won the coin toss going into overtime, GRC received the ball first and scored on a five-yard TD run from Kalen Washington. Unfortunately, for the Cards, the extra point was not converted.

The Cards then stalled the Camels’ offense on the first two plays of their overtime possession, as Bryce Chestnut nearly came up with an interception in the endzone.

On third-down, the Camels ran a double-reverse, with Jaiden Combs just barely reaching the endzone on an 11-yard run. The ensuing extra point from Kaden Rose gave the Camels a victory on their homecoming night.

Statistically, Maxwell completed 12 of 23 passes for 144 yards with 1 TD and an interception. Campbell County’s Keegan Hill was 5 of 11 passing for 51 yards. Zaydin Turner led GRC with five catches for 48 yards, while Xavier Fancher led Campbell County with two catches for 51 yards. Washington was the Cards’ leading rusher with 14 carries for 61 yards and 1 TD, while Joseph Amato led the Camels with 17 rushes for 70 yards.

The Cards stay on the road as they travel to Lexington on Friday, Sept. 30, for a matchup against Lafayette High School (0-6).