Calallen's 13-7 overtime win against longtime rival Gregory-Portland Friday night ranked right up there with some of the best games played between them.
A low scoring game, both teams played a tough second half, which ended tied 7-7. With a number of turnovers and fumbles, the final few minutes of the fourth quarter proved to be a nail-biter.
Midway through the first quarter, Devin Bisby scored the lone touchdown for G-P on a 1-yard run, giving G-P the early lead.
With a minute left in the first quarter, Calallen's offense set off on a 12-minute drive that would take them nearly 80 yards down the field, culminating in a rushing touchdown by Austin Revels with less than two minutes in the half.
The second half was plagued by turnovers, penalties and fumbles on both sides of the field.
“I couldn't believe the mistakes they made,” Calallen coach Phil Danaher said. “The turnovers, three times driving inside, fumbled the ball. Two of our fumbles were just in exchanges, and that hurt.”
Danaher said after the game that coming into the G-P match up the plan was to dominate the clock as much as possible and keep G-P's offense off the field.
“Our defense rose to the occasion,” Danaher said. “We weren't expecting this type of defensive game. I thought they would score two or three, but that we would outscore them. We did, by six. I thought it was going to be a lot higher scoring game.”
With the ball changing hands three times in the last two minutes of the game, the battle went into overtime, with Revels scoring on a 16-yard to give Calallen the victory.
Going into next week Calallen will be working hard on ball exchanges, Danaher said, to avoid costing the team on long drive opportunities.
“We shorted ourselves on long drives with fumbles,” Danaher said. “Hats off to both teams. They played hard.”